Music of the Civil War Era
Our annual program around July 4th started out as a celebration of Stephen Foster's birthday but has turned into a broader look at music of the Civil War era, including Scottish and Irish influences.
Join host Bryan Kelso Crow for a peek at some of the best of the new and recent vocal and instrumental releases.
Connemara Music [Encore of #12-45]
The western peninsula of Co. Galway, known as Connemara, has some of Ireland's strongest surviving areas where Irish is the first language, and it has long been a region of great traditional music and song. This week's program features some of the best known singers and musicians from this ruggedly beautiful region.
Musical Siblings [Encore of #13-06]
Bands of brothers, bands of sisters, and bands mixing brothers and sisters are the focus this week, with music from The Willis Clan, Screaming Orphans, and other musical siblings.
Tune in this week for a mid-summer update on new and recent releases in the Celtic music world.
Poetry & Song [Encore of #13-19]
We often encounter songs that were originally poems that have been set to music. The relationship between poetry and song is explored in this week's program, including some readings of his own work by Ireland's Nobel Prize-winning poet, Seamus Heaney.
This week we explore folk and traditional music from Canada, including Irish, Scottish, and French traditions as well as new Canadian creations.
This week it's our monthly roundup of songs and tunes from new and recent albums from both sides of the Atlantic.
40 Years Back: Music of 1975
Some of the most influential Irish bands of the past 40 years got their start in 1975. This week we look at some of the best albums that were released 40 years ago.
The Influence of Jean Ritchie
The world lost a great singer and song collector on June 1st of this year, Jean Ritchie of Viper, Kentucky. This week's tribute to Jean includes her own recordings as well as Celtic and American singers covering her songs. We'll also talk about her song-collecting in Scotland and Ireland in the early 1950s.
The Children's Hour
This week we enjoy songs for children as well as music performed by young people, for the enjoyment of all ages.