The Thistle & Shamrock Award-winning radio host Fiona Ritchie explores evolving music from Celtic roots in Europe and North America.
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The Thistle & Shamrock

Host Fiona Ritchie explores Celtic roots music on her weekly radio program

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Scent Of Summer

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Julee Glaub (right), pictured here with her Little Windows bandmate Mark Weems, performs at the Swannanoa Gathering on this week's show. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Brian And Julee

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Irish singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy is featured on this week's show. Her most recent album is Noble Stranger. Louis Decarlo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: More New Releases And Debuts

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Debuts

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Hear new music from Altan's latest album, The Widening Gyre, on this week's show. Colm Hogan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Fresh Takes

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This week's show includes music from Capercaillie, a traditional folk band from western Scotland. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Westward

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Dónal Lunny is among the artists featured on this week's show. Con Kelleher/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Kick Back

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American country and bluegrass musician Tim O'Brien is featured on this week's show. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Heading South

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Time To Dance

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This week's show features new music from Québécois folk band Le Vent du Nord. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: More New Releases And Debuts

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Nightnoise's song "The March Air" helps welcome spring on this week's episode. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Scent Of Spring

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This week's episode features new music from Cassie and Maggie MacDonald. Haley Anne MacPhee/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: New Releases And Debuts

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A.J. Roach and Nuala Kennedy. Louis DeCarlo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Nuala Kennedy And A.J. Roach

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