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

In this episode of The Thistle & Shamrock, hear music from Yo-Yo Ma's new album with The Silk Road Ensemble, Sing Me Home. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: New Summer Sounds

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The Thistle & Shamrock: The Longest Day

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Raise Your Voice

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Songs Of The Times

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Among this week's featured artists is folk quartet The Poozies. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Song Beat

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Swannanoa Memories, Part 2

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Swannanoa Memories, Part 1

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Luka Bloom appears on this week's show. Claire Burge/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Listen Now

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Alan Reid

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Hear "The Crossing" by Tim O'Brien on this week's show. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Wayfaring Strangers

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The Thistle & Shamrock: More New Spring Sounds

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Hear new music by Solas, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, in this week's show. Eric Legret/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: New Spring Sounds

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Irish Pairs

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