Micheal O'Domnhnaill was a major influence on acoustic music throughout Ireland, the U.K. and the U.S.
Some might say it's St. Patrick's Day year-round on Fiona Ritchie's weekly NPR music show, The Thistle & Shamrock®. In fact, while her program playlists share Celtic roots, they often branch out into music from other places and genres.
For St. Patrick's Day at NPR Music, Ritchie has picked four hours that focus on the Irish contribution to her radio shows. They span traditional to contemporary, vocal to instrumental music, and give a sense of both where Irish music has come from and where it's headed.