We start the month with a roundup of vocals and instrumentals from new and recent releases by Celtic musicians.
St. Louis Tionól Preview
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the St. Louis Tionól, a weekend of Irish music classes, concerts, and informal sessions. The founder of the event, Mike Mullins, joins us to preview some of the teachers and performers who will be at this year's Tionól, including Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll, and the Irish-American trio Open the Door for Three.
55 Years of The Chieftains
This year marks 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.
Songs of the Selkies
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.
The top of the month means it's time to survey music from new and recent releases. Don't miss it!
This week we raid the record shelves to highlight tracks from no-longer-new releases, some going back several decades ago.
Our friendly neighbors to the north provide all of this week's music, as we sample Canadian Celtic, French, and Anglo music from coast to coast.
Best of 1977: Looking Back 40 Years
The record charts for 1977 were dominated by bands like Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and Steely Dan. But an awful lot of good releases were coming out under the radar in the world of Celtic music. This week, we look back 40 years ago to some of the best Celtic albums of 1977.
Join us for a sampling of some of the best work being done recently by Celtically connected musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.
Tune in this week to see what's new, what's hot, and what's cool in the Celtic music world.
Spotlight on Six
We focus this week on vocal and instrumental tracks from six new and recent CDs by some of the leading performers of Celtic music.
Summer is Icumen In
Richard Thompson's performance of the 13th century song about the arrival of summer leads us into a whole hour of music from England, Scotland, and Ireland, in celebration of the coming of warmer months and longer days.
Music of the Civil War
The American Civil War left us with a rich repository of songs and marching tunes from both sides of the divide. July 4th was the birthday of the leading songwriter of the first half of the 19th century, Stephen Collins Foster, and his songs were very prominent during the war itself. This week, we examine some of the musical contexts of the era preceding, during, and following the Civil War.