Tune in this week for some of the best new vocal and instrumental Celtic tracks from both sides of the Atlantic.
Introduction to Celtic Music [Encore of #10-36]
How do you tell the difference between a jig and a reel? What makes music "Celtic"? Join us for Celtic Music 101 this week and you might learn some answers to such questions.
Farming Traditions in Music [Encore of #15-42]
A listener recommended that we put together a program on farming traditions in the music of England, Ireland, and Scotland, so we accepted the challenge and this week's program is the result!
This week's songs and tunes all have something to do with the railroads, dating back to the 1800s on up through the 20th century.
Our monthly sampling of new and recent CDs always turns up delightful new finds, as recorded by some of the leading bands and performers in the Celtic genre.
Backed by John Doyle [Encore of #15-25]
Irish guitar and bouzouki player John Doyle is in big demand as a backup player for some of the best Irish and Scottish musicians. We'll hear John in good company this week.
Spotlight on Six
This week we shine the spotlight on just six new or recent CDs to give a little more of a sense of their range of vocals and instrumentals than we are usually able to offer in the "New Releases" monthly programs.
Songs of the Sea
The Celtic lands all contain seacoasts, and songs of the sea are often part of the vocal repertoires of singers from these lands. We hear some of the most popular songs of the sea this week.
Join us again for a wonderful spread of songs and tunes from some of the leading solo, duo, and ensemble players and singers from the Celtic lands and their North American counterparts.
Favourites [Encore of #15-47]
The medleys in this week's all-instrumental program feature tunes with the word "favourite" in the title, usually preceded by the name of the musician associated with the tune, or even the composer of the tune. We follow the British/Irish spelling by keeping the letter "u" in the word.
This week's program features Celtic singers doing covers of songs by well-known songwriters and bands, including some pleasant surprises!
A Celtic Christmas
This week we offer Christmas music from European folk traditions going back several centuries.
Best of 2017
The time has come to round up some of the best CDs in the Celtic genre released in 2017. The program will culminate in host Bryan Kelso Crow's choice for the "Celtic Connections Album of the Year" for 2017. Don't miss it!