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Essential Celtic

Hear Celtic music that reflects the past and present, honors tradition and celebrates innovation.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Essential Celtic

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Baka Beyond's song "Braighe Locheil" is featured on this week's episode of The Thistle & Shamrock. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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World Beat

Hear a world of Celtic music with an hour of Afro-, Balkan-, Latin- and country-influenced songs.

The Thistle & Shamrock: World Beat

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More New Summer Sounds

Host Fiona Ritchie shares new songs from rising artists like Andrew Finn Magill and The Jeremiahs.

The Thistle & Shamrock: More New Summer Sounds

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In this episode of The Thistle & Shamrock, hear music from Yo-Yo Ma's new album with The Silk Road Ensemble, Sing Me Home. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Summer Sounds

An early-summer crop of new releases yields fine music from rising artists and old favorites.

The Thistle & Shamrock: New Summer Sounds

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The Longest Day

Celebrate the summer solstice with music by Kathryn Tickell, Richard Wood and more.

The Thistle & Shamrock: The Longest Day

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Raise Your Voice

Solo singing is revered in traditional circles, but massed voices create stunning folk arrangements.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Raise Your Voice

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Songs Of The Times

Hear what songwriters like Karan Casey say in their music about contemporary concerns.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Songs Of The Times

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Song Beat

On this week's episode, hear music that lightens workloads and keeps its singers going.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Song Beat

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Swannanoa Memories, Part 2

Hear more highlights from the gathering in the North Carolina mountains, captured over many years.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Swannanoa Memories, Part 2

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Swannanoa Memories, Part 1

Hear highlights from the annual gathering in the North Carolina mountains, captured over the years.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Swannanoa Memories, Part 1

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