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The Thistle & Shamrock: New Writing

From instrumental commissions to new works by singer-songwriters, hear a wealth of recently composed gems.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: A Festive Celtic Celebration

Mark the season by exploring festive songs, carols and dances from traditions old and new.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: The Gathering

From cottage hearths in the pre-broadcasting age to the pubs and back porches of today, enjoy music that celebrates getting together with family and friends.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: The Carrying Stream

Hear how songs like "Barbara Allen," performed here by Dolly Parton with Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Altan, flow freely between artists on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Tales For All Hallow's Eve

This week, supernatural tales in Celtic roots music mark the ancient calendar's transition from the old year to the new.

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