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A member of the Beltane Fire Society is seen celebrating the coming of summer on April 30, 2006, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The procession is a revival of the ancient Celtic festival of Beltane.

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Beltane Bash

May 9, 2012 – Join in our celebration with a Beltane-themed hour of music.


Mandolin banjo.

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Mando Banjo Magic

May 2, 2012 – This week we feature two instruments that have become central to Celtic sound.


Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Horizons

April 25, 2012 – Tune into sounds that have turned a new generation onto Celtic music.


Members of Ferintosh.

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Ferintosh

April 18, 2012 – We explore a distinctive blend of Celtic and Baroque music this week.


All-Ireland fiddle champion and National Heritage Award winner Liz Carroll is from Chicago.

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Roots Run Deep

April 11, 2012 – Musical communities coast-to-coast in the U.S. and Canada show their Celtic roots.


The Chieftains.

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: New Releases

April 4, 2012 – Delve with host Fiona Ritchie into a batch of new releases from Celtic roots and beyond.



Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Continental Celtic

March 28, 2012 – Savor the essence of continental Celtic music.


Mark Weems and Julee Glaub of Little Windows.

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Brían Ó hAirt And Julee Glaub

March 28, 2012 – Join Fiona Ritchie at The Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina.


Sandy Bells Pub and folk music venue in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Heart Of The Session

March 21, 2012 – This week, we celebrate the sound of communal music making.


Welsh singer songwriter Meic Stevens.

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Welsh Roots

March 14, 2012 – Check out some emerging roots music from Wales.


Battlefield Band

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Road Of Tears

March 7, 2012 – From broadsheet ballads to music hall choruses, songs have documented the immigrant experience.



Listen Thistle And Shamrock: On Stage And Screen

February 29, 2012 – Hear excerpts from "Ragús" along with music from other theatrical productions.


Claudine Langille

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Claudine Langille

February 22, 2012 – Join Fiona Ritchie for a conversation with vocalist and banjo and mandolin player Claudine Langille.



Listen Thistle And Shamrock: From Vinyl To MP3

February 15, 2012 – Storage media have evolved and music collections have migrated from dusty shelves to gigabytes.


Scottish bard Robert Burns.

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Songs Of Robert Burns

February 8, 2012 – Hear a variety of artists in the intoxicating embrace of the Scottish bard's songs.


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