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 and Shamrock: At the Gathering: Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh with Daithi Sproule

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Fall Compilation

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The Thistle & Shamrock: 2000 and Counting

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Singer-songwriter Karine Polwart is featured in this week's episode of The Thistle & Shamrock. Paul Heartfield/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: World of Light

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Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Kevin Buckley is featured in this week's episode of The Thistle & Shamrock. Nate Burrell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: New for Summer

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Yeats in Song

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The Thistle & Shamrock: New Sounds

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Harp on Guitar

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Folktronica

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Ones and Twos

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Jo de Sylva

The Thistle & Shamrock: New for spring

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Irish songs at Swannanoa

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Cymru

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Irene Young

The Thistle & Shamrock: Hope Springs

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Angels' Share

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The Thistle & Shamrock: In Flight

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The Thistle & Shamrock: 'A Child's Christmas In Wales'

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Windfall, flat-picking with Chris Newman and more

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San Jose de Gracia, Mexico — July 30, 2021: San Jose de Gracia is nestled in the middle of the Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico. The community claims that it was founded 200 years ago but today only 12 members are living there. While water first brought the settlement, the rainy season has shifted. This left the community without a waterfall going into the canyon. Sofia Aldinio hide caption

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58-Minute Listen

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