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Host Fiona Ritchie  
Take a trip to the foothills of the Scottish Highlands where The Thistle & Shamrock®, one of NPR's longest running and most popular music offerings, is created each week.

This engaging and entertaining program is produced there exclusively for NPR listeners, and is the most listened-to Celtic music program in the world.
Join award-winning host Fiona Ritchie to explore the evolving Celtic musical traditions of Europe and North America. You'll hear established and emerging artists and in-studio guests, including luminaries such as fiddler Eileen Ivers, singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean, Celtic/World music phenomenon Loreena McKennitt, The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney, and composer William Jackson. As Thistle surveys traditional Celtic music it also leads you to explore more distant landscapes and genres, investigating Celtic influences in World and contemporary music
Fiona is your bridge between the established icons of Celtic music and the next generation of musicians. Each week, let her trademark enthusiasm, rich knowledge base, and passion transport you to the worlds of Celtic music: past, present, and future.
So step into the heart of an ancient tradition of reels, jigs, ballads and laments. Then follow the pulse towards new music: an exuberant blend of irresistible rhythms, emotional voices and fascinating instruments.

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"She gives global voice to the rich rhythms and melodies of this resurgent musical tradition."

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