Al Petteway-Erin Suas a Storin-Caledon Wood-Maggie’s Music
Colleen Raney-Dark Eyed Sailor-Lark-Raney
Matt and Shannon Heaton-The Shady Spot-Blue Skies Above-Heaton


John Doyle and Karen Casey-False Lady-Exile’s Return-Compass
Jenna Moynihan-Cawdar Fair-Woven-Hearth PR
Harem Scarem-An Bhean Udai Thall-Birnam Project
Steve Baughman-Marche de la Fromage Grande-Drop of the Pure-Tall Tree


Jim Malcolm-The Echo Mocks the Corncrake-The Corncrake-Beltane
Old Blind Dogs-The Breton and Galician Set-The Gab O Mey-Green Linnet
Julie Fowlis-Puirt A Beul-Beautiful Ribbons-Every Story-Machair
Cythara-Cunningham’s Odd Dance-Plucked and Hammered-Lochshore


High Kings-Maire’s Wedding-The High Kings-David Downes
Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham
Christain Lemaitre-Celtic Fiddle Festival-Hector the Hero-Green Linnet
Mary Jane Lammond and Wendy MacIssac-Air a Ghile Tha Mo Run-Seinn-Factor
Jez Lowe-The Galloway Lad-Galloways-Amicus


Cherish the Ladies-The Green Fields of Canada-Woman of the House-Rounder
Solas-Roarie Bummlers-All these Years-Hearth
Dougie MacLean-Scythe Song-Riof-Dunkeld
Rita Connolly-Factory Girl/Same Old Man-Connolly


Cassie and Maggie-The King’s Schilling-Sterling Road-Hearth
Matt & Shannon Heaton-Brad’s Honeybees-Lover’s Well-Eats Records
Faustus-Og’s Eye Man-Broken Down Gentlemen-Navigator
Ron Kavana-Fermoy Regatta/Tom’s Tavern-Home Fire-Green Linnet


Eliza Carthy-Sheath and Knife-Heat Light and Sound-Topic Records
Liz Carrol-Lost in the Loop-Lost in the Loop-Gren Linnet
Cathie Ryan-We Dreamed our Dreams-The Music of What Happens-Shanachie
Joe McKenna-Echo’s Calling-The Irish Low Whistle-Shanachie

Playlist April 17

Bruce MacGregor “The Highlanders Revenge” from 101 Reasons to Do Nothing (2001) on MacMeanmna

Daimh “O Fair A-Nall Am Botal” from The Hebridean Sessions (2015) on Independent

Duncan Chisholm “Chasing Daylight” from Canaich (2010) on Copperfish

Cara “Poisened Peas” from In Between Times (2007) on Artes

Set break

Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhride “Caislean na Finne” from Sona do Cheird (2015) on Independent

Skipper’s Alley “Francie Manus Byrne’s” from Skipper’s Alley (2015) on Independent

The Outside Track “Canadee-i-o” from Light up the Dark (2015) on Lorimer

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson “Trees” from Air-Fix (2013) on EmuBands

Set break

The Paul McKenna Band “Song of Choice” from Paths That Wind (2016) on Independent

Jenna Moynihan “Kendall Tavern / Dancing in Allihies” from Woven (2015) on Independent

Solas “Sixteen Come Next Sunday” from All These Years (2016) on Independent

Breabach “Farsund” from Astar (2016) on Breabach Records

Station ID

Set break

Dick Hensold “Mysteries of Knock” from Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes on Ten Thousand Lakes

Andrea Beaton “radio edit” from Little Black Book (2011) on Andrea Beaton

Cassie and Maggie “Buain a’choirce” from Sterling Road (2014) on Hearth PR

Set break


Marc Boudreau “Dan Rory MacDougall” from Steppin’ It Up (2008) on Independent

Genticorum “Le 25 de mai (Live)” from Enregistré (Live) (2013) on Roues et Archets

Marc Boudreau “In Memory of my Grandparents” from Steppin’ It Up (2008) on Independent

Set break

Runrig “An Toll Dubh” from Recovery (1981) on Ridge Records

Runrig “O Cho Meallt” from Heartland on Ridge Records

Paul Mounsey “Billy’s Birl” from City of Walls (2003) on Iona Records

Runrig “Hearts of Olden Glory” from The Cutter and the Clan (1987) on CHRYSALIS

Paul Mounsey “Dunfermline” from City of Walls (2003) on Iona Records

Runrig “An Ubhal As Airde” from The Cutter and the Clan (1987) on CHRYSALIS

Andrea Beaton, Dick Hensold, and Dean Magraw

Andrea Beaton, Dick Hensold, and Dean Magraw

Back in January we had scheduled a house concert with Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton, Northumbrian piper Dick Hensold, and guitar wizard Dean Magraw.  Alas, the US authorities did not process the visa application in time, and the entire tour had to be cancelled. Now Andrea has her visa in hand, the tour has been rescheduled (no small effort!) – and we are back on!

So, mark your calendar for Sunday May 15 to see three amazing musicians in a beautiful and intimate setting.

Tickets are $20.  For more information, e-mail me:  oakandthorn@kzyx.org

Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of musicians, composers and dancers – the famous Beaton Family of Cape Breton Island. Known for her powerful bow and driving style, she is an award-winning fiddler, tune composer and recording artist.

Dick Hensold is one of the foremost Northumbrian smallpipers in North America.  He also plays Swedish bagpipes, Medieval greatpipes, Highland pipes, recorder, seljefløyte, and low whistle, and is an active composer, studio musician and theater musician.

Composer, arranger, producer, guitarist Dean Magraw has fine-tuned his “Heavy Meadow” approach to music from years of performing and recording with some of the finest musicians in the United States, Europe, and Japan.  Oak & Thorn listeners may have heard his accompaniment of John Williams (accordionist from Solas) on their CD, “Raven.”

More about them here:


Pierre Bensusan-Heman Dubh-Nice Feeling-Zebra
Runa-Amhran Mhuighinse-Somewhere Along the Road-Runa
Three Mile Stone-Old Inishowan-Three Mile Stone

Mary Jane Lammond and Wendy MacIsaac-Air a Ghille Tha Mo Run
Michael McGoldrick and John McSherry-Trip to Ireland-At First Sight-Compass
Christa Burch-The Lady Mary Sails-Love of the Land-Christa Burch
Joanie Madden-Roisin Dubh-Song of the Irish Whistle-Hearts O’ Space

Three Mile Stone-Heather on the Moor-Three Mile Stone
Shelly Phillips-The Thrush-The Wood Between the Worlds-Gourd
John Faulkner-The Bonny Light Horseman-Broken Hearted I’ll Wander-Green Linnet
Athena Tergis-The Porthole of the Kelp-A Letter Home-Tergis

The Maggies-Wedding Dress-T with the Maggie-TWM
Nuala Kennedy-Pink Flamingo-The New Shoes-Compress
Jenna Moynihan-Haven-Woven-Herth PR
Danny Carnahan-Turas Go Tir Na n’og-Journey’s of the Heart-Celtoid

Jim Malcolm Jeannie Reid’s Hoose-Tam O’Shanter and Other Tales-Beltane
Anna Murrey-Finbarr Sanders-Into Indigo-Lochshore
Julie Fowlis-Dance Duncolored Slattern-Every Story
Matt and Shannon Heaton-Thady Casey’s-Blue Skies Above

Colleen Raney-Queen of Argyll-Lark-Raney
Teada-Tom O’Conner/The Joy of my Life-Teada-Green Linnet
Heidi Talbot-High Germany-Distant Future-Compass
Ed Miller-Heather on the moor-Lowlander-Wellfield

Sean Keane-Once I Loved-Turn a Phrase-Kells
Anam-The Next Market Day-First Footing
Jerry Holland-Boo Baby’s Lullaby-Fiddler’s Choice-Odyssey Records

Playlist 3 April 2016


Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham “Spring the Summer Long” from The Best of Aly & Phil (2005) on Compass Records

Set break

Rod Cameron “Gloomy Winter’s Noo Awa’” from The Fireside Sessions on Independent

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas “Neil Gow’s Wife” from Abundance (2014) on Culburnie

Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy “The Garden Song” from The Makem and Clancy Collection (2005) on Shanachie Entertainment

Barachois “Moneymusk/Reel du Fermier” from Encore! (1999) on House Party Productions

Stan Rogers “The Field Behind the Plow” from Northwest Passage (1981) on Borealis Records

Set break


On 6 April 1320, the Declaration of Arbroath was signed and sealed by most of the Scottish nobility.  This amazing document, a letter to the Pope, probably inspired the American Declaration of Independence 456 years later.  This set features songs that address some of the events of Scottish history, from the Battle of Bannockburn (1314) to the Darien disaster (1690s), the Act of Union (1707) which inspired Burns to write “Parcel of Rogues,” the Highland clearances of the 19th century, and the resurgent Scottish Independence movement of the late 20th century.

Dougie Maclean “Scots Wha’ Hae” from Tribute (1995) on Dunkeld

The Paul McKenna Band “Dreams of Darien” from Stem The Tide (2011) on Mad River

Steeleye Span “Rogues in a Nation” from Parcel of Rogues (2005) on Shanachie

Mary Ann Kennedy & Na Seòid “Oran Mhanitoba” from Mary Ann Kennedy & Na Seòid (2008) on Watercolour Music Ltd

Andy M. Stewart “Listen to the People” from The Man In the Moon (2006) on Green Linnet

Set break


Station ID

Stan Rogers “giant” from Fogarty’s Cove (Remastered) on Borealis Records

Dick Hensold “First Leaves of Spring” from Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes on Ten Thousand Lakes

Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac “If You Were mine” from Seinn (2012) on turtlemusik / Fontana North

Andrea Beaton “a Terrible Beauty” from Little Black Book (2011) on Andrea Beaton

Set break


Skipper’s Alley “Buachaillín Deas Óg Mé” from Skipper’s Alley (2015) on Independent

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson “Hawk” from Air-Fix (2013) on EmuBands

The Paul McKenna Band “Long Days” from Paths That Wind (2016) on Independent

Breabach “Farsund” from Astar (2016) on Breabach Records

Jenna Moynihan “Rise Ye Lazy Fellow / The Mill Stream / The Night We Had the Bears” from Woven (2015) on Independent

Set break

The Outside Track “Drilling” from Light up the Dark (2015) on Lorimer

Cara “Poisened Peas” from In Between Times on Artes

Syncopaths “Fifth Gear” from Five Gears (2010) on Syncopaths

Chrissy Crowley “Last Night’s Fun” from Last Night’s Fun (2013) on Independent

Easter Rising special

Centenary commemorations for the 1916 Easter Rising are under way in Dublin, Ireland.  Today’s show mixes music with poetry, speech, and interviews with participants in the Rising.  The interviews come from the RTE Archives, which contain many more and are a marvelous source of recollectons from people who were not just present, but active participants in those historic events.

Brendan McKinney with the Michael Reilly Orchestra “Ode to the Irish” from Hidden Treasures: Irish Music in Chicago (2000) on “Big Chicago” Records

Tommy Makem “ireland” from Ancient Pulsing on Red Biddy

Set break

Seamus Begley “Wrap the Green Flag Round Me Boys” from The Bold Kerryman on IRL

The Original Dubliners “A Nation once Again” from The Best of the Original Dubliners (2003) on EMI

The House Band “The Four Courts/The Fox on the Prowl” from Groundwork (1993) on Green Linnet

Set break


The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem “A Medley Commemorating the Easter Rising of 1916” from Freedom’s Sons on Columbia Legacy

Feature — Proclamation of the Irish Republic

Sibeal “Mise Eire” from Mise Eire – Single (2016) on Unknown

Relativity “Gile Mear” from Relativity (2006) on Green Linnet

Set break

Feature — Helena Moloney (of Cumann na mBan) remembering her part in the attack on Dublin Castle and City Hall, death of Sean Connolly

Martin Hayes “O’Connell’s March / Galway Bay Hornpipe / The Banshee’s Wail / Over the Mangle Pit” from Under The Moon (2006) on Green Linnet

Station ID


Feature — Maurice Brennan – “I happened to be sentenced to be shot” – courts-martial in Kilmainham Gaol, death of Eamonn Ceannt

The Bothy Band “The Blackbird” from Out of the Wind, Into the Sun (1977) on Compass Records

Silly Wizard “The Blackbird of Sweet Avondale” from A Glint of Silver on Green Linnet

Set break

Feature — Min Ryan of Cumann na mBan – “We never thought this would be the end” – Sean McDiarmada in Kilmainham Gaol

Feature — Roddy Connolly (son of James Connolly), Irish Citizens Army

The Wolfe Tones “James Connolly” from Live Alive-Oh on Shanachie

The Blarney Pilgrims – James Connolly’s Last Speech

Black 47 “James Connolly” from Fire of Freedom (1993) on SBK

Set break

The Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem “Oro se do Bheatha Mhaile” from In Person At Carnegie Hall (2009) on Legacy

Sinead O’Connor and The Chieftains “The foggy Dew” from The Long Black Veil (2004) on Circa Rea Teo

Saint Patrick’s Day’s spell lingers all week so a show featuring all Irish music and song. Some traditional some contemporary and some including American artists with a fine grasp on the Irish musical culture.



Derek Bell-Dublin Town-The Mystic Harp-Clarity
Clannad-Neansai Mhile Gra-Celtic Tapestry-Shanachie
Cherish the Ladies-Paddy O Snap/Robin Kellegher-Woman of the House-Rounder


Kathie McMahon-Crucan Na nPaiste-Gaelic Ireland-EUCD
Martin Hayes-Tell her I am/ Gallegher’s Frolics-The Lonesome Touch-Green Linnet
Ceoltoiri-Kilarney Boy’s of Pleasure-Silver Apples of the Moon-Maggie’s Music
Bothy Band-Fionnghuala-The Best of the Bothy Band-Green Linnet


Bothy Band-Old Hag you have killed me-Best of the Bothy Band-Green Linnet
Dick Gaughin-Song for Ireland-Green Linnet 2oth Anniversary
Paddy Keenan-Kell Devil Air-Na Keen Affair-Conya Records
Voice Squad-The Sheep Stealers-Good People All-Shanachie


Joannie Madden-Whistle on the Wind/Jug of Punch-Whistle on the Wind
Cherish the Ladies-Roisin Dubh-Out and About-Green Linnet
Finola O Siochru-Mairin de Barra-Gaelic Ireland-EUCD
Lunasa-Autumn Child-Other World-Green Linnet


Altan-Dulaman-Gaelic Ireland-EUCD
Karen Casey/John Doyle-Sailing off to the Yankee Land-Exiles Return-Compass
Tim O’Brien-Ireland’s Green Shore-The Crossing-Alula Records
Lisa Schneckenburger-The Irish Girl-Lisa Schnneckenburger


Dervish-A Spailpin Fanach-At the End of the Day-Kells
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill-Paddy’s Reel-The Lonesome Touch-Green Linnet
Cassidys-Tiocfaidh An Samhradh-Singing from Memory-Sliced Bread
Dervish-Swallow’s Tail-Spirit-Compass


John Doyle, Nula Kennedy, Eamon O’Leary-Lovely Nancy-The Alt- Under the Arch
Altan-Dispute at the Crossroads-Another Sky-Narada
Robbie O’Connell-Keg of Brandy-The Celts Rise Again-Green Linnet
Delores Keane-Ballyroan-Night Owl-Alula


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