The Thistle & Shamrock: Ballads Of The Border Cattle raids, battles, betrayals and family loyalties are all commemorated in the ballads of the borderlands between Scotland and England, sometimes referred to as "the debatable lands".
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The Thistle & Shamrock: Ballads Of The Border

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Ballads Of The Border

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Ballads Of The Border

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Cattle raids, battles, betrayals and family loyalties are all commemorated in the ballads of the borderlands between Scotland and England, sometimes referred to as "the debatable lands." Join host Fiona Ritchie to explore this rich seam of music and song.