Celtic Connections preview

Today’s show featured selections from musicians performing in the online version of Celtic Connections, happening right now! Check it out at https://www.celticconnections.com/

9:07 AM Duncan Chisholm “The Farley Bridge” from Farrar

9:12 AM Ellen MacDonald “Eilean Scalpaigh” from Live at Eagles Hall

9:16 AM Breabach “Prince’s Strand” from Frenzy of the Meeting

9:19 AM Kathleen MacInnes “Tuireadh Bard Thurnaig” from Summer Dawn

9:23 AM Duncan Chisholm “Camhanaich Air Machair” from Canaich

9:30 AM The Paul McKenna Band “The Molly May” from Breathe

9:34 AM Talisk “Cabot Trail” from Beyond

9:39 AM Kris Drever “Parcel of Rogues” from Kris Drever Eamonn Coyne Megan Henderson Ep

9:43 AM Ímar “Into the Light (Live)” from Celtic Colours Live, Vol. 5

9:50 AM Julie Fowlis “Piuthrag Nam Piuth’r” from Allt

9:54 AM Catriona McKay “Roddy Sinclair” from White Nights

9:57 AM Karen Matheson “Cha teid mor a Bharraigh Bhronach” from Urram

10:01 AM Blazin’ Fiddles “Harris Dance” from The Key

10:09 AM Fiona Hunter “Jock Hawk’s Adventures in Glasgow” from Fiona Hunter

10:13 AM Project Smok “Woodlands Drive” from Bayview

10:15 AM Siobhan Miller “Cholesterol” from All Is Not Forgotten

10:20 AM Rant “Göran Berg’s / Crow Road Croft” from The Portage

10:26 AM Rachel Walker “Tìr is Sàl” from Gaol

10:29 AM Fara “7, 8, Nein / I’ll Do It Last Friday” from Times from Times Fall

10:33 AM Karine Polwart “Heave Ya Ho” from Steele The Show

10:37 AM Kinnaris Quintet “Can You Repeat That, Please? / The Fisherman in the Wardrobe” from Free One

10:45 AM The Fire “The Robert Burns Medley: There Was a Lad / The Bairns Gat Out / Wee Willie Grey / Stumpie” from Marigold

10:55 AM The Fire “California Highway 1” from Marigold



Aidan O’Rourke-Alyth-Sirius-Vertical

Kate Rusby-The Fairest of all Yarrow-Sleepless-Compass

Open the Door for Three-Church Hill-The Joyful Hour-OTDT


Julie Fowlis-A Chatrion Og-Uam-Machair

Grey Larsen-The Gathering-The Gathering-Sugar Hill

Niamh Parsons-The Wounded Huzzar-Blackbirds and Thrushes-Green Linnet

John Doyle-Blue Diamond Mines-Evening Comes Early-Shanachie


Jim Malcolm-The Train from Perth to Lochearn-The First Cold Day-Beltane

The Outside Track-Hurry Up and wait-Light Up the dark-Alba

Orla-An Mhaighdean Mhara-The Water is Wide-Manhatten Records

Grey Larson and Paddy League-The Thrush in the Straw/The banks of Lough Gowan


Celia Ramsay and Shay Black-Leatherwing Bat-Singer’s Request-Ramsay

Shannon Heaton-Grandfather’s Thoughts-The Blue Dress-Heaton

Dougie MacLean-Banks and Brays-Banks and Braes-Tribute-Dunkeld

Peter Ostoushko-Trip to Donegal-Coming Down from Red Lodge


Susan McKeown-Shamrock Green-Sweet Liberty

McKasson and McDonald-Brook Leigh-Harbour-McK and McD

Maddy Prior-A Northern Catch/Little barley Corn-Park Records

North Gregg-Polkas-Summer at my Feet-CD Trax


Brian O’hEadhra-Tri Rionnagan Beaga-An t-Allt-Brechin All Records

Franco Morone-Caual di Rohan-Stranlandia

Malinky- King Orfeo-The Unseen Hours-Green Trax

Troy Macgillivray-Pressed for Time-Live at the Music Room-Trolley Music

Jim Malcolm-Jimmy’s Gone to Flanders-Live in Glenfarg-Beltane Records


Rachel Hair and Ron Jappy-Jurby Jigs-Sparks-March Hair Records-Rachel Hair

Julie Fowlis-Sleep Well my Beloved-Every Story-Machair

Anna Murray-6/8 Marches-Three Things-KRL

Playlist 3 January 2021

Recorded on the last day of 2020, between two Christmas Bird Counts.
First hour: All About Birds!

9:03 AM Shelley Phillips and Friends “The Wood Between the Worlds_The Thrush” from The Wood Between the Worlds

9:07 AM Tim Hart & Maddy Prior “Of All the Birds” from Of All the Birds

9:08 AM Dylan Foley “The Birds / Jackie Coleman’s” from Deliriously Happy

9:11 AM Johnny Cunningham & Susan McKeown with Aidan Brennan “My Singing Bird” from A Winter Talisman

9:14 AM Liz Carroll & Jake Charron “The Bird / The Greek Petunia” from Half Day Road

9:21 AM Silly Wizard “The Blackbird of Sweet Avondale” from A Glint of Silver

9:26 AM Andrew Finn Magill “The Blackbird / Corney Is Coming” from Roots

9:30 AM The Outside Track “Blackbirds and Thrushes” from Curious Things Given Wings

9:35 AM The Bothy Band “The Blackbird” from Out of the Wind, Into the Sun

9:43 AM Cruinn “An Smeòrach” from Stòras

9:47 AM Cillian Vallely & Kevin Crawford “The Birds” from On Common Ground

9:51 AM Ishbel MacAskill “Thig An Smeorach As T-Earrach (The Thrush Comes In The Spring)” from Rough Guide To Scottish Folk

9:54 AM Dervish “Swallows Trail” from Spirit

9:58 AM Bodega “Smeorach hiann Domhnaill” from Bodega

Second Hour: Best new music of 2020

10:07 AM Lisa Lynne;Aryeh Frankfurter “Nigel’s Tale” from Harmony House

10:10 AM The Black Brothers “Muirsheen Durkin” from Glackanacker

10:14 AM Pat Broaders “The Liz Effect” from Pat Broaders

10:17 AM Dàibhidh Stiùbhard “Kin of Cú Chulainn” from An Sionnach Dubh

10:21 AM John Doyle & Mike McGoldrick “Shoot the Crows / Hagges Reel” from John Doyle & Mike McGoldrick

10:27 AM Sian “Chan Eil Mi Gun Nì Air M’ Aire” from Sian

10:31 AM The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc “Tune for Lukas / Up da Stroods da Sailor Goes” from Bonfrost

10:35 AM Mike Vass,Findlay Napier,Gillian Frame “Van Diemen’s Land” from The Ledger

10:38 AM Whisht! “The Kesh Clone” from touchdown

10:45 AM Rachel Walker “Tìr is Sàl” from Gaol

10:48 AM Hauler “Finders Keepers” from Hauler

10:51 AM Brian O hEadhra & Fiona MacKenzie “Brianainn an t-Seòladair” from Tuath: Songs of the Northland

10:54 AM Jiggy “Music for a Found Harmonium” from Hypernova



Al Petteway-A Waltz for Rebecca-Caledon Wood-Maggie’s Music

Rachel Walker-La Luain-Gaol

Liz Carroll-The Ghost/The Hatchlings-Lake Effect-Green Linnet


Cherish the Ladies-My own Native Land-The Back Door-Green Linnet

Rebecca Lomnicky-Josefin’s Waltz-The Call-Lomnicky

William Pint and Felicia dale-Auld Lang Syne-When I see Winter Return-Waterbug

Joannie Madden-The Munster Cloak-Song of the Irish Whistle-Hearts O’ Space


Niambh Parsons and Eileen Ivers-Greenfields of America-Beyond the Bog-Ivers

McKasson and McDonald-Brooke Leigh-Harbour

Open the Door for Three-Creeping Jane-The Joyful Hour

Solas-The Vegas Set-The Words that Remain-Shanachie


Christa Burch-Love of the Land-Love of the land

Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor-The Cloone-Noctambule

Maddy Prior-Long Shadows-The Best of Maddie Prior-Park Records

Rachel Hair and Ron Jappy-Meras-Sparks-Rachel Hair


Mary Jane Lammond and Wendy MacIsaac-Air a Ghille Tha Mo Run-Seinn

Lissa Schneckenburger-The River-Fiddle and Vocals-Footprint

Dougie MacLean-It Fascinates Me-Craigie Dhu-Dunkeld

Rod Patterson-Auld Lang Syne-Songs from the Bottom Drawer


Archie Fisher-Yonder Banks/The Shipyard’s Apprentice-Snow Goose

Lissa Schneckenburger-The Lover’s Task/The Riddle-Footprint

Grey Larsen-Oldenfjord-The Gathering-Sugar Hill

Jim Malcolm-Auld Lang Syne-Acquaintance-Beltane


Kate Rusby-Sir Eglamore-Hour Glass-Compass

Franco Morone-Respiro di una Vecchia Foresta-Stranlandia

John Doyle-The Morning Dew/The Morning Star-Evening Comes Early-Compass

Bonnie Rideout-MacDonald Lord of the Isles-Celtic Mist-Maggie’s Music

Playlist 20 December 2020

Winter, Winter Solstice, and the holiday season – but not the usual stuff!

9:04 AM Duncan Chisholm “Chi Mi’n Geamhradh” from The Door of Saints

9:10 AM Johnny Cunningham & Susan McKeown with Aidan Brennan “A Winter Talisman” from A Winter Talisman

9:11 AM Boys of the Lough “The Dying Year” from Midwinter Night’s Dream

9:14 AM Tommy Makem “Winter” from Ancient Pulsing

9:15 AM Francey Devine “When the Snows of Winter Fall” from An Ownerless Corner of Earth

9:20 AM Dordán “Winter Solstice” from The Night Before… A Celtic Christmas

9:27 AM Waterson:Carthy “New Year Carol – Residue” from Holy Heathens And The Old Green Man

9:30 AM David Brewer “Solstice Fire” from Living Tradition

9:34 AM Breabach “Winter Winds” from Frenzy of the Meeting

9:38 AM Aryeh Frankfurter “Cold December Flies Away” from Sounds of the Season

9:44 AM The Wilderness Yet “Winter Song” from Turn the Year Round

9:46 AM FullSet “The First of Winter” from Notes Between the Lines

9:49 AM Horslips “Ny Kirree Fo Naghtey (The Sheep ‘neath the Snow)” from Drive the Cold Winter Away (Bonus Version)

9:52 AM Runrig “Chi Mi’n Geamhradh” from Once in a Lifetime

10:01 AM The Kipper Family “Arrest These Merry Gentlemen” from Arrest These Merry Gentlemen

10:03 AM Caitlín & Ciarán “The Drunken Landlady/Christmas Eve/The Abbey Reel” from The High Seas

10:08 AM Mick Moloney and Eugene O’Donnell “Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake” from Uncommon Bonds

10:11 AM The Outside Track “Christmas Eve Party: Maison De Glace / Christmas Eve / Christmas in America” from Christmas Star

10:18 AM Runa “Soul Cake” from The Tide of Winter

10:23 AM Rum Ragged “Hark the Nutcracker” from Rum Ragged at Christmas

10:25 AM Johnny Cunningham & Susan McKeown with Aidan Brennan “A Mhisg a Chuir an Nollaig Oirnn (The Drunkenness that Christmas Brought Us) / Drunk Since Ever I Saw Your Face” from A Winter Talisman

10:28 AM Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook Band “Medley: Chickadee’s Christmas / 365 Days Till Christmas / A Tribute to Larry Reynolds” from Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook

10:35 AM Belshazzar’s Feast “King Herod And The Cock / Parson’s Farewell” from Frost Bites

10:37 AM Genticorum “Sheepskin and Beeswax” from Décembre

10:39 AM Jethro Tull “Jack Frost And The Hooded Crow” from Christmas Album

10:43 AM Jethro Tull “Ring Our Solstice Bells” from Christmas Album

10:49 AM The Outside Track “Safe Home” from Safe Home

10:54 AM Aryeh Frankfurter “A Little Child” from In the Moon of Wintertime

10:58 AM Duncan Chisholm “The Gentle Light That Wakes Me” from Canaich

A few seasonal songs from a wealth of Celtic Christmas music.



Duncan Chisholm-i horo’s na hug oro eile-Canaich-Copperfish

Rachel Walker-La Luain-Gaol

Malcolm Daglish-Boys of Ballisodare/Stolen Apples-Thunderhead-Flying Fish


Malinky-Follow the Heron-3 Ravens-Green Trax

Doran-Magic of the Night-The Night before

Boys of the Lough-The Wxford Carol-The Holly and the Ivy

Callan Bridge, Niall and Cillian Vallely-Muireann’s Jig-Callan Bridge-Crow Valley


Colleen Raney-The Granemore hare-Here This is Home-Little Sea Records

Liam O’Flynn-The Winter’s End-Celtic Christmas-Windham Hill

Alison Krause and Natalie McMaster-Get me Through December-Best of Celtic Xmas

Eileen Ivers-Apples in Winter-An Nollaig-Musical Bridge


Jenny Sturgeon-Linton-From the Skein-Tamarach Records

Gillian Frame-Pendulum/Grace-PendulumCherryoos

Gillian Frame-Silver Tassie-Pendulum-Cherryoos

Maggie Sansone-Galician Waltz-Mist and Stone-Maggie’s Music


Wendy Stewart-The January Man-About Time 2-CD Trax

William Coulter-Rain Into Snow-The Road Home-Gourd

Connie Dover-Personent Hodie/Cantus-A Christmas Celtic Sojourn-Rounder

Caitlin Warbelow-Sweeny’s Dreams-Warbelow Range


Fiona McKenzie-Oran na Nollaig-Duan Nollaig-Green Trax-Musical Bridge

Eileen Ivers-The Time is Approaching-An Irish Christmas

Connemara-Dublin Lady-Siren Song

Derek Bell and Patrick Davey-The Druid’s Winter-Celtic Seasons-Rainbow music


Archie Fisher-Everyman’s Heart-Winward Away-Red House Records

Micheal O’ Domhnaill-The South Wind-Celtic Christmas II

Fiona Mackenzie-Taladh Chriosda-A Gaelic Christmas-Green Trax

Playlist 6 December 2020

Starting off with selections from the ’70s and ’80s, moving on into the 21st century…

9:06 AM Duncan Chisholm “The Farley Bridge” from Farrar

9:09 AM Battlefield Band “Bonny Barbry-o” from Home Is Where The Van Is

9:12 AM Relativity “The Hut On Staffin Island/Sandy MacLeod Of Garafad/The Soft Horse Reel” from Relativity

9:16 AM Clannad “An tUll” from Masters Of Their Craft

9:19 AM The Bothy Band “The Laurel Tree” from Old Hag You Have Killed Me

9:25 AM Beginish “The Rose of Aranmore” from Beginish

9:30 AM Trian “The Air Tune / The Cliff Dwellers / Cutting the Waves” from Trian II

9:35 AM Old Blind Dogs “Bedlam Boys/The Rights of Man” from New Tricks

9:39 AM Altan “Pretty Peg/New Ships a-Sailing/The Bird’s Nest/The Man from Bundoran” from Harvest Storm

9:46 AM Bohola “The Shamrock Sod/The High-Cauled Cap” from bohola

9:50 AM 2Duos “Beyond the Glen” from Until The Cows Come Home

9:54 AM Scone “Caide Sin Don Te Sin ?” from Si Morag

9:58 AM Blazin’ Fiddles “Miss Johnstone” from Magnificent Seven

10:06 AM Còig “O Luaidh” from Ashlar

10:10 AM Eric Wright “Taste of Gaelic” from The Cabin Sessions

10:14 AM Rum Ragged “The Thing About Fish” from The Thing About Fish

10:18 AM Beòlach “Kilts on Fire” from All Hands

10:27 AM Molly’s Revenge & Christa Burch “winter song” from Winter Song

10:32 AM The Outside Track “Winter Jigs: Apples in Winter / Christmas in Kinsale / Rory Gallagher’s” from Christmas Star

10:35 AM Runa “Brightest and Best/Gaudete/Noel” from The Tide of Winter

10:40 AM Còig “Carol of the Celts” from Carols

10:48 AM Varo “Ye Jacobites by Name” from Varo

10:51 AM Hauler “Finders Keepers” from Hauler

10:55 AM Brian OhEadhra & Fiona MacKenzie “Is Gael Mé” from Tuath: Songs of the Northland

10:57 AM Whisht! “Islandbawn” from touchdown



Alasdair Fraser-Siting in a Stern of a Boat-Return to Kintail-Culburnie

Anna Murray-O Co Thogas-Three Things-Lochshore

John Williams-The Bright Hollow Fog-John Williams-Green Linnet


Cherish the Ladies-The Green Fields of Canada-Woman of the House-Rounder

John Doyle-The Geese in the Bog/Covering Ground-The Alt-Under the Arch

Cara Dillon-The verdant Braes of Skreen-Hill of Thieves

Niall and Cillian Vallely-Muireann’sJig-Callan Bridge-Crow valley


John Spillane-Seachtain-Celtic Voices-Green Linnet

Wendy Stewart-Macleod of Mull-About Time 2

Paula Scalon-What put the Blood-Red Colour Sun-Compass

Ensemble Galilei-The Oyster Catcher and the Actress-The Mystic and the Muse-Dorian


Jim Reid-Daft Donald-Yont the tay-Green Trax

Vishten-Hermine-Musique Trad Acadienne-Musication

Chanties and Songs from the North West-The Final Trawl-Victory at Sea-Victor Music

Natalie Macmaster-Fare well to Peter-Yours Truly-Rounder


Cathie Ryan-The Lights of San Francisco-The Music of What Happens-Shanachie

Catriona McKay and Chris Stout-Laebrack-Laebrack-Green Trax

Andy Stewart and Manus Lunny-Take her in your Arms-Joyful Noise-Green Linnet

Warbelow Range-The Mealik Team-Warbelow Range


Daoiri Farrel-Valley of Knockanure-True Born Irishman

Ron Jappy and Rachel Hair-Looking at a Rainbow-Sparks

Colleen Raney-The Boys of Mullaghbawn-Here This is Home-Little Sea Records

Cillian Vallely-The Bulls march-The Raven’s Rock-Cillian


Lasar ni chonadla-Casadh an tSuqain-Gaelic Ireland

Giveway-Wee Michael-Inspired-CD Trax

Robin Laing-david and Goliath-Gentle Giants-Green Trax

Maire ni Cathasigh-The Gander and the Pratie Hole-Live in the Highlands

Playlist 22 November 2020

Lots of new music today!

9:06 AM Duncan Chisholm “The Farley Bridge” from Farrar

9:10 AM Francy Devine “The Old Poacher’s Song” from An Ownerless Corner of Earth

9:13 AM John Doyle & Mike McGoldrick “Shoot the Crows / Hagges Reel” from John Doyle & Mike McGoldrick

9:16 AM The Black Brothers “Home by Barna” from Glackanacker

9:19 AM Pat Broaders “The Liz Effect” from Pat Broaders

9:25 AM Daoirí Farrell “Windmills” from A Lifetime of Happiness

9:29 AM Conor Crimmins “The Chandelier/Ships Are Sailing/Valerie” from Avalla

9:33 AM Dàibhidh Stiùbhard “Kin of Cú Chulainn” from An Sionnach Dubh

9:44 AM Mike Vass,Findlay Napier,Gillian Frame “The Road to Dundee” from The Ledger

9:47 AM Brad Reid “Road to Harrington” from NEW Scotland

9:50 AM Sian “Na Gamhna Geala” from Sian

9:54 AM Kevin Henderson and Neil Pearlman “Reels” from Burden Lake

10:01 AM Còig “O Luaidh” from Ashlar

10:05 AM Eric Wright “Taste of Gaelic” from The Cabin Sessions

10:08 AM Cassie and Maggie “Seileach” from The Willow Collection

10:12 AM Beòlach “Kilts on Fire” from All Hands

10:19 AM Breabach “Coisich A’ Rùin” from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017

10:23 AM REALTA “Bó Mhín Na Toitean / Hanley’s Reel / The Sailor’s Bonnet (March – Reels)” from Clear Skies

10:27 AM Connla “Wayfaring Stranger” from The Next Chapter

10:31 AM The Outside Track “The Wahoo Set” from Rise Up

10:37 AM Brian oHeadhra and Fiona MacKenzie “Brianainn an t-Seòladair” from Tuath: Songs of the Northland

10:41 AM Hauler “Finders Keepers” from Hauler

10:44 AM The Bonny Men “Tunnel Tigers” from The Broken Pledge

10:48 AM Genticorum “Zephyr” from Octobre

10:51 AM Skipinnish “Anchors of the Soul” from Steer by the Stars

10:58 AM Jiggy “Séamaisín” from Hypernova

Playlist 8 November 2020

9:04 AM Bruce MacGregor “The Highlanders Revenge” from 101 Reasons to Do Nothing

9:08 AM Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin & Ultan O’brien “Máirseáil Na Sióg” from Solas an Lae

9:16 AM Aoibheann and Pamela Queally “Sean Ryan’s/Jackson’s Jig/Short Grass (jigs)” from Beyond the Bellows and the Bow

9:19 AM 3’oh “Oro Johnny” from On the Go

9:22 AM Brendan Begley & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh “The Humours of Lisheen / The Munster Jig / Seán Coughlin’s” from A Moment of Madness

9:29 AM Mike Vass,Findlay Napier,Gillian Frame “The Road to Dundee” from The Ledger

9:32 AM Project Smok “Woodlands Drive” from Bayview

9:34 AM Sian “Air Fàir an Là” from Sian

9:38 AM The Tweed Project “The Gasworks” from The Tweed Project

9:47 AM Sarah MacInnis “O Ìosa, Bi ‘n Còmhnaidh Air M’aire Gach Uair (Live) [feat. Mary Elizabeth MacInnis]” from Celtic Colours Live, Vol. 5

9:49 AM Mairi Rankin & Eric Wright “Isle Inspired” from The Cabin Sessions

9:53 AM Fàrsan “Gun Togainn Air Hùgan” from Fàrsan

9:59 AM Coig “Bad Day at the Beach” from Five

10:08 AM Gilles Le Bigot “Parrez kistinid” from Glad

10:11 AM Zonk “Huanad (Ton Simpl Plinn)” from An Daou Du

10:15 AM Scone “Fac Thu Na Feidh” from Si Morag

10:18 AM Plantec “Kosmos” from Plantec

10:25 AM The Tannahill Weavers “Sunset Over the Somme” from Òrach (The Golden Anniversary)

10:28 AM Julie Fowlis “Air an Somme” from Allt

10:32 AM Ar Skloferien “Battle Of The Somme Set Medley” from Keltia

10:36 AM Skipinnish “The Iolaire” from The Seventh Wave

10:45 AM Dougie MacLean “All Together” from Marching Mystery

10:50 AM Duncan Chisholm “Chi Mi’n Geamhradh” from The Door of Saints

10:54 AM Eithne Ní Uallacháin “Bilingua” from Bilingua

10:58 AM Shooglenifty “Caravan up North” from Acid Croft, Vol. 9