People of Northwest Public Radio
The Thistle & Shamrock
One of NPR's most popular music programs is produced exclusively for public radio on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. From this Celtic heartland, The Thistle & Shamrock connects musical communities on both sides of the Atlantic through an engaging and entertaining current.
The most listened to Celtic music program in the world is also the perfect vehicle for award-winning host Fiona Ritchie to explore her musical passions. These are both contemporary and rooted, concentrating on evolving traditions in Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, England, Wales, North America, and beyond. Established and emerging artists and in-studio guests populate each weekly edition. They explore familiar Celtic territory, but often lead curious listeners towards more distant landscapes and genres. Ritchie weaves all these textures together masterfully, colorful strands of enthusiasm and passion enlivening a rich fabric of knowledge.