The top of the month means it's time for a sampling of songs and tunes from new and recent releases.
Join us for a roundup of some of the best new songs and tunes from both sides of the Atlantic.
55 Years of The Chieftains [Encore of #17-16]
2017 marked the 55th anniversary of Ireland's best known traditional music band, The Chieftains. To help us celebrate some of the highlights of those decades, we talk with the band's founding member, Paddy Moloney, backstage before the band's March 2017 concert in Nashville.
Songs of the Selkies [Encore of #17-17]
In Scottish and Irish mythology, the legend of the selkies figures prominently, the creatures who "live as seals in the sea but shed their skins to become human on land" (Wikipedia). Stories of the selkies continue to be told in songs and films, and this week we feature some of these songs from performers like Karan Casey, Joan Baez, Maddy Prior, Solas, and The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem.
Tune in this week to hear what's new from the Celtic music world.
Emigration Stories [Encore of #17-23]
Scottish and Irish immigration to the New World inspired a lot of songs and tunes, with stories about the sadness of leaving the green fields of home, but also the excitement of new opportunities. This week's program focuses on music inspired by some of those immigration experiences.
Waifs and Strays [Encore of #17-32]
Taking our title from the 1922 book by Chicago's Irish police Chief Francis O'Neill, "Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody," we pick up some stray tracks that haven't been featured yet from some of our favorite albums, old and new.
Poetry and Songs [Encore of #17-38]
The songs we feature this week started life as poems, by the likes of James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, and others. They have been set to music by some of our leading singers. We'll also hear readings from poets like Seamus Heaney and John Montague.