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Alasdair Fraser (left) and Natalie Haas.

Listen The Thistle & Shamrock: One, Two ...

April 16, 2014 – Today's show features great soloists and duos in uncluttered acoustic arrangements.


Carlos Núñez.

Listen The Thistle & Shamrock: Digital Imperfection

April 10, 2014 – Stay connected to music's roots with artists who resist the digital perfection of the studio.


Archie Fisher.

Listen The Thistle And Shamrock: Archie Fisher

April 3, 2014 – Listen to music from the legendary Scottish musician's decades-long career in the folk scene.


The Allan Kelly Gang.

Listen The Thistle & Shamrock: New Spring Sounds

March 26, 2014 – Rely on Fiona Ritchie to hand-pick new artists for your spring music collection.


Cathie Ryan.

Listen The Thistle & Shamrock: Cathie Ryan

March 19, 2014 – Join us for a conversational and musical encounter with Irish American singer Cathie Ryan.


Tony McManus.

Listen The Thistle & Shamrock: Notes In The Wilderness

March 12, 2014 – Our music this week sings of wild and unspoiled landscapes and challenges us to preserve them.


Steve Baughman.

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: New World Releases

March 5, 2014 – Hear tracks from North American artists expanding the reach of Celtic roots music.



Listen The Thistle And Shamrock: Bridges

February 26, 2014 – On the show today, listen to songs commemorating the landmarks that span our rivers and railways.


Alain Genty and Patrick Molard.

Listen The Thistle and Shamrock: Bass Rock

February 19, 2014 – Today's show explores the imaginative contributions of acoustic and electric bass to Celtic music.


Maggie MacInnes.

Listen The Thistle & Shamrock: New Writing

February 12, 2014 – This week we discover recently composed gems, from festival commissions to new songwriting talent.


Jean Redpath.

Listen The Thistle and Shamrock: Jean Redpath

February 5, 2014 – The folk legend reminisces about five decades of sharing songs.


Gillian Boucher.

Listen The Thistle & Shamrock: New Winter Sounds

January 29, 2014 – Fiona Ritchie shares music from some favorite new artists, as well as veteran Celtic performers.

Joe Craven with Mamadou Sidibe and Walter Strauss.

Listen The Thistle & Shamrock: Common Currency

January 22, 2014 – Follow the instrumental links and songs that connect musical traditions across miles and oceans.

Tony McManus.

Listen The Thistle & Shamrock: A Case For Guitar

January 15, 2014 – Virtuoso players in Scotland, Ireland and beyond are setting a new bar for acoustic guitar music.


The String Sisters.

Listen The Thistle And Shamrock: Northsound

January 1, 2014 – Travel to northern places to hear the sound of unspoiled landscapes and rocky shorelines.


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