The Thistle & Shamrock
Created weekly in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands, The Thistle & Shamrock is one of NPR's longest-running and most popular music offerings. This vibrant and engaging program is produced exclusively for public radio stations, and is the most listened-to Celtic music program in the world.
The Thistle & Shamrock is constantly developing its sound. Each week, listeners join award-winning host Fiona Ritchie to explore the evolving Celtic musical traditions of Europe and North America. In addition to well-known artists and selections, Ritchie introduces curious listeners to Celtic influences in World and contemporary music, and investigates other distant landscapes and genres. These elements are all woven together with Ritchie's trademark enthusiasm, rich knowledge base, and passion for the music.
Celtic music is a living art form. The Thistle & Shamrock presents new and emerging artists to listeners to complement an impressive assembly of well-established luminaries such as fiddler Eileen Ivers, singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean, The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney, Gaelic singer Mary Jane Lamond, and composer William Jackson--all of whom have joined host Fiona Ritchie for interviews, to introduce new music, and to offer exclusive recordings.
Thistle understands what makes a national program work locally: listener-focused weekly promos, custom spots, and engaging fundraising materials are all provided to stations, along with extensive web-based resource materials.