Pete Seeger memories
Travel with Fiona Ritchie to the home of Pete Seeger for a conversation with the legendary folk siniger and activist Pete Seeger, a man whose music and message became universal.
Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan, founding members of Solas, talk about the roots of this quintessential Irish-American band.
Bearer of Gifts
Fiona Ritchie narrates a folk legend from Lapland that retells the traditional nativity tale: Scottish writer Kenneth Steven's 'Bearer of Gifts'. Music from Nordic traditions accompanies the reading.
Julee Glaub and Mark Weems share their blend of Irish and Appalachian music, performing live in the studio with host Fiona Ritchie.
Scottish American Ballad Connection
Jack Beck explores the legacy of Scottish balladry in the U.S., showing how the stories traveled and changed across the miles and the generations.
Thistlepod presents: John Doyle. He has a rhythmic guitar style like no other and, since his days with Solas, his playing has become one of the defining features of today's contemporary Irish sound. Born in Dublin, John Doyle now makes his home in...
Thistlepod presents: Dave Richardson. Reminisce with the mandolin player about the early days of his legendary Celtic band, Boys of the Lough. Dave has toured the world with The Boys since the 1970s and remembers when things took off for the band. We...
Thistlepod presents: Christine Kydd. Whether solo or featured in bands, trios and duos, harmony is the hallmark of the singing of Christine Kydd. Hear about her life-long love of song and learn how she empowers others to discover their voices in her...
?Thistlepod presents: singer/songwriter Kate Rusby. Although she's been nominated for a Mercury Prize and works with some of the finest musicians in Britain, the "Barnsley Nightingale" is at her happiest performing honest songs in the natural tones of...
Celtic Christmas Treats and Tasters
Savor voices as warm as mulled wine from Cherish the Ladies, Maddy Prior, Ensemble Choral du Bout du Monde, Sinead O'Connor, Nightnoise, Atwater-Donnelly, Cara Dillon and Enya. Add instrumental spice from Robin Bullock, Al Petteway, Cormac Breatnach,...
Thistlepod presents: Eleanor McEvoy. She followed her passion for songwriting and penned Only A Woman's Heart, one of the best known Irish songs of recent times. All this after playing violin for 5 years in the National Symphony of Ireland. Join Fiona...
Thistlepod presents: Frankie Gavin. For over 30 years he's traveled the world with the Irish band De Dannan and been a driving force in their music. Join Fiona as Frankie takes a break from a quieter tour through the Scottish countryside to chat with...
Thistlepod presents: Antoni O' Breskey (Antonio Breschi). The categories of New Age and World Music didn't exist when this innovative composer and piano viruoso began his trailblazing journey in the 1970s. Meet the man whose synthesis of flamenco,...
Thistlepod presents: Fraser Anderson. Now living in France and at work on his third album, hear an excerpt from the singer/songwriter's encounter with Fiona Ritchie and his intimate performance of two songs for NPR's The Thistle & Shamrock.
Thistlepod presents: Eileen Ivers. One of the most decorated Irish traditional musicians talks about how she immersed herself in the music of her Bronx upbringing to create an Afro Latin Irish fusion. Featuring a live performance excerpt and recorded...
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