Thistlepod with Fiona Ritchie

Thistlepod with Fiona Ritchie

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Here's your chance to explore Fiona Ritchie's unique radio archive and sit in on some of her most memorable conversations with artists who help define the sound of today's music from Celtic roots.More from Thistlepod with Fiona Ritchie »

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Pete Seeger memories

Travel with Fiona Ritchie to the home of Pete Seeger for a conversation with the legendary folk siniger and activist Pete Seeger, a man  whose music and message became universal.

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Solas

Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan, founding members of Solas, talk about the roots of this quintessential Irish-American band.

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Archie Fisher

The legendary Scottish singer, songwriter, song interpreter, guitarist and radio broadcaster joins host Fiona Ritchie to talk about his connection with Americana music and reveals why he rarely records studio albums.

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Bearer of Gifts

Fiona Ritchie narrates a folk legend from Lapland that retells the traditional nativity tale: Scottish writer Kenneth Steven's 'Bearer of Gifts'. Music from Nordic traditions accompanies the reading.

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Little Windows

Julee Glaub and Mark Weems share their blend of Irish and Appalachian music, performing live in the studio with host Fiona Ritchie.

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Scottish American Ballad Connection

Jack Beck explores the legacy of Scottish balladry in the U.S., showing how the stories traveled and changed across the miles and the generations.

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Thistlepod presents: William Jackson

The internationally known composer, harpist and multi-instrumentalist William Jackson has visited NPR's The Thistle & Shamrock on several occasions, going back to his early career with the influential band Ossian. He has shared each new composition with Fiona Ritchie's listeners and gave his Duan Àlbanach suite its world broadcast premiere on her show.  Hear him talk about the music and his influences.

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Thistlepod presents: Christmas Dreams & Memories

Fiona Ritchie remembers festive encounters in the City of Edinburgh. Children in line at Santa's grotto divulge their hopes for Christmas morning to come, while elderly residents of the port of Leith share their memories of Christmas past. Music from Loreena McKennitt, John Fahy, William Jackson, Alasdair Fraser and The Cast.

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John Doyle

Thistlepod presents: John Doyle.  He has a rhythmic guitar style like no other and, since his days with Solas, his playing has become one of the defining features of today's contemporary Irish sound. Born in Dublin, John Doyle now makes his home in Asheville, North Carolina. He often records and tours with fiddler Liz Carroll and talks about their playling partnership here.

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Dave Richardson

Thistlepod presents: Dave Richardson.  Reminisce with the mandolin player about the early days of his legendary Celtic band, Boys of the Lough.  Dave has toured the world with The Boys since the 1970s and remembers when things took off for the band. We hear a classic Garrison Keillor introduction of the group at Carnegie Hall.

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