Archive for October, 2008



Grey Larsen-The Gathering-The Gathering

Mary Black-The Holy Ground-The Holy Ground

Liz Carrol-The Ghost and the Hatchling-Lake Effect


Susan McKeown-After Aughrim-Bushes and Briars

Sue Richards-The Celt-The Mystic and Muse


Natalie McMaster-Appropriate Dipstick-Blueprint

Michael Black-My Father Loves Nikita Khruschev-Michael Black

Mick McAuley and Winifred Horan-The Cafe Milou Jigs-Serenade

Sylvia Barnes-Lonely Waterloo-The Color of Amber


Dougie MacLean-Feel so Near-Putamayo Compilation Celtic Tides

Tony McManus-Catherine Kelly’s-Pourquoi Quebec


Tim O’Brien-Ireland’s Green Shore-The Crossing

Liz Carroll and John Doyle-The Ronan Boys-In Play

Natalie Merchant-The Lowlands of Holland-Tears of Stone

Altan-Tommy Peoples/ The Road to Cashell-Local Ground


Robin Laing-The Parish O Dunkeld-The Angel’s Share

Louis Kille-Hi Lo Johnny Brown- Sailors Ships and Chanties

Nomos-Bean Dubh an Ghleanna-Set You Free

Arcady-Breton Reels-After the Ball

Kathy Ryan-Dark Moll of the Glen


Cherish the Ladies-Spoon RiverOut and About

Liz Caroll and John Doyle-Smokies in Arborath-In lay

Michael Black-The Willow Tree- Michael Black


Tim Obrien-Into the West-The Crossing

Dermot Byrne-Paddy’s Rambles through the Park









Capercaille (Karen Matheson) – Soraidh Bhuam gu Barraidh-Crosswinds

Liz Carroll and John Doyle-The Island of Woods-In Play

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Glasgow in January!

Celtic Connections has just announced its schedule for the 2009 festival!

Glasgow is THE place to be in the last two weeks of January.  Sure, the weather’s terrible – but it’s not all that great here on the Mendocino Coast, either!  And for once the 8-hour time differential works in our favor.  A typical Celtic Connections day begins around 10 AM, when we arise for coffee and porridge.  Walk around town, or take a train ride (Stirling, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond are all less than an hour by train), enjoy the world-class museums (the weather’s fine indoors) and the world-class food (seriously!).  In the afternoon when you begin to drag a bit, pop into a pub (smoke-free!) and enjoy a dram of magnificent Scottish whisky.   Then plan where you’ll enjoy supper before heading off to a show.  The hardest part is selecting which one – there are sometimes six or seven events going on at once!  And after the concert ends, the fun is just getting started.  Refresh yourself with more whisky and maybe another bite of food, then head over to the Central Hotel for the Festival Club, where the music carries on until the wee hours of the morning. (This is where the jet lag helps – you’ll be wide-awake at midnight anyway!)  Stagger back to your room and catch a few hours of sleep, then repeat the whole procedure.

That’s how we did it in 2007, anyway.  Nearly three weeks of the greatest music, the friendliest people, the best food, great scenery, great museums… we loved almost every minute.  I hope we can go again – and I hope some other Oak & Thorn listeners can, too!

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We had a fantastic Pledge Drive show – lots of fun, and great listener response.  Total funds raised exceeded our goal and everybody had a great time.  Thanks to everyone who pledged, by phone or Internet – you make this program happen!

Artist -Title – Album

Dougie MacLean – The Gael – The Search

Paddy Keenan and Tommy O’Sulllivan – Jigs: – The Long Grazing Acre

Planxty – The Jolly Beggar – Planxty

The Bothy Band – A Jig and Five Reels – Live (from the Green Linnet Twentieth Anniversary Collection)

[Pitch break – Paddy Keenan – “Mendocino County is fortunate…”]

[pitch break – Jim Malcolm – “Travelling Singer-songwriters…”]

Old Blind Dogs – Tae the Beggin’ I will Go – The World’s Room

Old Blind Dogs – Jigs – Four on the Floor

[Pitch break – Johnnie Hardie – “Would you have heard of me?”}

Tannahill Weavers – Up In the Mornin’s No’ For Me – Arnish Light

[Pitch break – Roy Gullane – Up in the mornin’]

[Pitch break – David Brewer – How I became a Celtic musician]

Molly’s Revenge – The Northern Shore – The Western Shore

Daimh – Oran a Mhagarine – Crossing Point

Slide – Spry Slides – OverNeath

[Pitch break – Eamonn deBarra – “asking you to support”]

[Daire Bracken – gives phone numbers (in Irish and English)]


[Martin Hayes – “asking you to support]

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill – The Old Bush/The Reel with the Burl – The Lonesome Touch

Solas – Seven Curses – For Love and Laughter

[Pitch break – Martin Hayes “support Community Radio”]

Tannahill Weavers – The Atholl Gathering – Live & In Session

Tannahill Weavers – The Geese in the Bog/The Jig of Slurs – The Tannhill Weavers

[Pitch break – Roy Gullane – “The world is a Big place”]

[Pitch break – Dougie MacLean – importance of American public radio]

[Dougie MacLean – pledge pitch “All together”}

Dougie MacLean – All Together – Marching Mystery

Ceolbeg – Zito the Bubbleman – An Unfair Dance

Wolfstone – Here is where the Hart Is – The Chase

[Pitch break – Le Vent du Nord – “Mendocino County is fortunate…”]

Le Vent du Nord – Les Amant du Saint-Laurent – Les Amants du Saint Laurent

{pitch break – closeout show]

[Dougie MacLean – “Welcome to new members”]

Words on Books

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Artist – Song – Recording


Rory Cambell- Tangsdale-The Piper’s Whim

Marie Brennan-Suas a Storin-Voices of Celtic Women

Robin Bullock-Between Earth and Sky-Between Earth and Sky


The Birnam Witch Project-An Bhean Udai Thall

Richard Greene and Beryl Marriott-Locheal’s Awa Tae France-Hands Across the Pond

Anna Murrey-Ailean Duinn-3 Things

Soig Siberil-Teolena/Marche de Roskonval/Sandizan-Encore


Jim Reid-The Tinker’s Wedding-Yont the Tay

Sean Doyle-The Carmin Fair-The Light and the Half Light

Lissa Schneckenburger-Aoife’s/Coleman’s March

Annie Grace-Bonny at Morn-Take Me Out Drinking Tonight

Catriona McKay and Chris Stout-Laebrack-Laebrack


The High Kings-Marie’s Wedding

Lissa Schneckenburger-Halaft/Mona

The House Band-October Song-October Song

Rory Cambell-Jig Groove-The Piper’s Whim

Lissa Scneckenburger-The Irish Girl

Fiddler’s Bid-Christchurch Cathedral-Naked and Bare

The Tanahill Weaver’s-Braes of Balqhidder-Collection


Altan-Bo Mhin na Toitean-Local Ground

Muireann nic Amhlaoibh-Free and Easy-Day Break

Donald Lunny-Mousekin Shoes-The Best of Donald Lunny

Jim Malcolm-Logan Braes-Aquaintance

Dougie MacLean-Farewell to Whiskey-Tribute

Catriona McKay and Chris Stout-The Blackship

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Playlist Oct.5, 2008

Artist – Tune – CD


The Tannahill Weavers – The Geese in the Bog/The Jig of Slurs – The Tannahill Weavers

Kornog – The Shuttle Rinns – Ar Seizh Avel (On Seven Winds)

Davy Spillane & Kevin Glackin – Cul Fada Reel/Ravelled Hank of Yarn – Forgotten Days

Flora MacNeil – Bheir mu sgriob do Thobar Mhoire – Craobh nan Ubhal

Dervish – Touching Cloth – At the end of the day

Clancy Brothers – The Work of the Weavers – The Best of the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem


Clannad – Siul a Run – Dulaman

Declan Folan and Junior Davey – Tempest/Farrell O’Gara’s/The Clogger Quilt – Skin and Bow

Pam Swan – He Mandu – Dance To Your Shadow

Ceolbeg – The Sleeping Tune – An Unfair Dance


Battlefield Band – The Four Minute Warning – Anthem for the Common Man

Mary Jane Lamond – Oran Sniomh (Spinning Song) – Suas e!

Dougie MacLean – The Gael – The Search

Andy M. Stweart & Manus Lunny – Tae the Weavers Gin Ye Gang – At it Again


Old Blind Dogs – Jigs – Four on the FLoor

Donnie Munro – Chi Mi’n Tir – An Turas

Session a9 – Celtic Thunder Set – A Celebration of the Music of Gordon Duncan (Live Concert 2007)

Capercaillie – Cape Breton Song – Delirium


Steeleye Span – Reels: Dowd’s Favourite/Ten Pound Float/The Morning Dew – Ten Man Mop or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again

Old Blind Dogs – Parcel of Rogues – Five

Leahy – Chasing Rain – In All Things


Anna Murray – Doctor MacInnes’ Fancy – New Celtic Dimensions

Wolfstone – Heart and Soul – Pick of the Litter

Paul Mounsey – Work Song – City of Walls

10:55 – Words on Books

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