Thistle and Shamrock on WVTF

Sundays at 4:00pm on WVTF

One of public radio's most popular music programs is created in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands. When you  listen to The Thistle and Shamrock , you're there too.

On The Thistle and Shamrock , award-winning radio host Fiona Ritchie explores evolving music from Celtic roots in Europe and North America. You'll hear well-established and newly emerging recording artists along with in-studio guests, all surveying familiar territory and leading you to more distant landscapes and genres.

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Program Headlines

  • Friday, January 31, 2014 9:03am

    Travel with Fiona Ritchie to the home of Pete Seeger for a conversation with the legendary folk siniger and activist Pete Seeger, a man  whose music and message became universal.

  • Sunday, June 30, 2013 4:23pm
    Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan, founding members of Solas, talk about the roots of this quintessential Irish-American band.
  • Friday, April 5, 2013 1:33pm
    The legendary Scottish singer, songwriter, song interpreter, guitarist and radio broadcaster joins host Fiona Ritchie to talk about his connection with Americana music and reveals why he rarely records studio albums.
  • Friday, December 21, 2012 12:22pm
    Fiona Ritchie narrates a folk legend from Lapland that retells the traditional nativity tale: Scottish writer Kenneth Steven's 'Bearer of Gifts'. Music from Nordic traditions accompanies the reading.
  • Thursday, November 22, 2012 6:59am
    Julee Glaub and Mark Weems share their blend of Irish and Appalachian music, performing live in the studio with host Fiona Ritchie.