Archive for December, 2018

The Last Oak and Thorn of 2018. I’ve included, I hope, some thoughtful pieces for reflecting on the passing year and hope for the next. Happy New Year.



Michael McGoldrick-Trip to Ireland-At First Light-Compass

Mary Black-Farewell Farewell-By the Time it gets Dark-Gift Horse

Michael McGoldrick-Doinna-At First Light-Compass

Lissa Schneckenburger-The Drowsy Sleeper-Song-Footprint


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

Caitlin Warbelow-The Pretty Girl Milking her Cow-Warbelow

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

Steve Baughman-Bonny Crossing the Alps-Drop of the Pure-Tall Tree


Daimh-A Nighneag a Ghraidh-The Rough Bounds

Archie Fisher-The presence-Sunsets I’ve Galloped Into-Snow Goose

Gillian Frame-Silver Tassie-Pendulum-Cheeryoos

Ensemble  Galilei-The Celt-The Mystic and the Muse-Dorian Records


Maryjane Lamond-Air a Ghile Tha mo Run-Seinn-Factor

Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor-Paddy Canny’s Toast/The Tempest-Noctambule

Archie Fisher-The Parting Glass-A Silent Song-Red House Records

Open the Door for Three-Open the Door for Three-OTDFT


Old Blind Dogs-Gaelic Song-Four on the Floor-Compass

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

Tannahill Weavers-Wild Mountain Thyme-Collection-Green Linnet

Lissa Schneckenburger-Aoife’s/Coleman’s March-Fiddle & Voice-Footprint

Paul Kamm and Elenor MacDonald-Queen of Northern Lights-Calling on Love-Free Wheel


Alistair Ogilivy-Crowdie/Wantoness-Leaves Sae Green-Green Trax

Patrick Street-The Winding Stairs-Made in Cork-Green Linnet

The Cast-Smile or Cry-Green Gold-CD Trax

William Coulter-Rose in the Heather-Celtic Crossing-Gourd







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A celebration of instrumentals and song from the Celtic culture. A rich assortment to brighten the cold winter with music. Happy Yule.



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

Fiona Mackenzie-Oran na Nollaig-Duan Nollaig-Green Trax

Chieftans-Planxty Brown-Celebration-RCA


Heidi Talbot and Joanie Madden-The Castle of Dromore-On Christmas Night-Rounder

Druidstone-Christmas Capers-Comfort and Joy-Rounder

Aoife ni Fhearraig-Seacht suailcin ne Maighdine Muire-The Best of Celtic Christmas

Maddy Prior-The Boar’s Head-Comfort and Joy-Rounder


John Whelan-Ceol Na Nolag-The Best of Celtic Xmas

Maighread ni Dhomnahil-Wxford Lulaby-Traveler’s Prayer-Shanachie

John Fitzpatrick-Ga Greine-A Celtic Christmas-Windham Hill


Loreena McKennit-Snow-To Drive the Cold Winter Away

Eileen Ivers-The Time is Approaching-An Nollaig-Musical Bridge

Doran-Magic of the Night-The Night Before

Artisan-The Gramound Wassail-The Holly and the Ivy


Night Heron Consort-Sen Can-A Xmas Soujourn-Rounder

William Pint-The Woodcutter’s Song-When I See Winter Return-Waterbug

Aine Minoque-Good Night to You-Xmas Soujourn-Rounder

Poor Clares-Remember the Poor-Ny Kirriee Fo Niaghtey-Songs of Midwinter


Doran-Leambh Ghil Mhils-A Xmas Soujourn-Rounder

Tommy Sands-A Christmas Chilhood/A Call to Hope-To Shorten the Winter-Green Linnet

Fiona McKenzie-Bha Buachaileach an-Duan Nollaig-Green Trax

Michael O’Dhomhnaill and Kevin Burke-The Star of the County Down-Celtic Xmas II


Maighread ni Dhomhnaill and Donald Lunny-Third Carol for Christmas Day-Celtic Christmas-Windham Hill

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

The Poor Clares-Ny Kirriee Fo Niaghty-Songs for Midwinter-Centaur

Malcolm Dalglish-Boys of Ballisadare/Stolen Apples-Flying Fish






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Songs and tunes about winter, weather, and just a touch of holiday music – Oak & Thorn style.

Time Song Artist Release Label
9:06 AM Drive the Cold Winter Away Horslips Drive the Cold Winter Away (Bonus Version) Horslips Records
9:10 AM The Wind And The Rain Oak, Ash & Thorn Old Enough To Drink Tosspot Records
9:10 AM Winter Solstice Dordán The Night Before… A Celtic Christmas Narada Productions, Inc.
9:17 AM Rain on the Roof/The Blue Mountains of New South Wales Andy Irvine Rain On The Roof AK (2)
9:22 AM Snowdrops In The Rain Ivan Drever The Lewis Blue Iona
9:26 AM Rain on Rannoch Alasdair Fraser Dawn Dance Culburnie Records
9:30 AM Wind and Rain String Sisters Between Wind and Water String Sisters
9:36 AM Chasing Rain/Otis Leahy In All Things EMI Music Canada
9:43 AM Cider Apples/The Angels Hornpipe Robin Huw Bowen Telyn Berseiniol fy ngwlad (The Sweet Harp of My Land) Flying Fish Records
9:47 AM Sugar Wassail Waterson:Carthy Holy Heathens And The Old Green Man Topic
9:49 AM Apples in Winter Dervish Harmony Hill Dervish
9:53 AM Apple Tree Wassail Shira Kammen The Castle of the Holly King Magnatune
9:56 AM Harvest Home/Apples in Winter Sileas File Under Christmas Green Linnet
10:09 AM Kanomp Yann raoul Noz an nedeleg L’oz Production
10:13 AM Sing, Nowell Robin Huw Bowen A Celtic Christmas Saydisc
10:17 AM The Frost is All Over/A Christmas Childhood/Christmas Day in the Morning/The Holly Tree Jig/The Wren/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Hallalujah/Jingle Bells Bohola A Childhood Christmas Independent
10:27 AM Waltz into Winter Archie Fisher A Silent Song Greentrax Recordings
10:31 AM The First of Winter FullSet Notes Between the Lines Fullset Records
10:34 AM Winter Winds Breabach Frenzy of the Meeting Breabach Records
10:40 AM The Unfortunate Snow Incident Johnny Cunningham A Winter Talisman Sheila-na-Gig Music
10:44 AM Soul Cake Runa Soul Cake RUNA
10:48 AM Fairytale Of New York as Gaeilge TG Lurgan Christmas Independent
10:52 AM Carol of the Celts Còig Carols Còig

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Kim Robertson-Polish Lullaby/Cold is the Morning-Christmas Lullaby-Gourd

Julie Fowlis-I Arise Early on a Misty Morning-Alterum-Machair

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


Malinky-The False Lover won Back-Three Ravens-Green Trax

Doran-The Night Before-The Night Before-The Night Before-

Deirbhile-Bog Bran-Starlight Falling-dnbmusic

Joanie Madden-The Turning of the Rope-Song of the Irish Whistle-Hearts O Space


Jim Malcolm-Maggie’s Bairn-The First Cold Day-Beltane

Innishear-Rakes of Kildare-Rainbands-Amerisound

Mary Black-Once in a Very Blue Moon-By the Time it gets Dark-Gift Horse

Duncan Chisholm-Bonny at Morn-The Door of Saints-Copperfish


Gillian Frame-Silver Tassie-Pendulum-Cheeryoos

Cherish the Ladies-The Cat Rambles to the Child’s Saucepan-Out and About-Green Linnet

John Doyle-Sally Grier-Exile’s Return-Compass

Artisan-Grampound Wassail-Holly and the Ivy

Kim Robertson-The Snow Lay on the Ground-Christmas Lullaby-Gourd Music


Capercaille-Puirt a Beul-Gaelic Voices-Green Linnet

John Whelan-Ceol Na Nolag-The Best of Celtic Xmas

Gillian Frame-The Echo meets the Corncrake-Pendulum-Cheeryoos

Anna Murray-Finbarr Sauders-Indigo-Lochshore


Dougie MacLean-Caledonia-Craigie Dhu-Dunkeld

Natalie McMaster-Hey Johnny Cope-My Roots are Showing-Rounder

Jenny Sturgeon-The Wren and the Salt Air-The Wren and the Salt Air-

Liz Carroll-Lament of the First Generation-Lost in the Loop-Green Linnet


Joanie Madden-Bantry Girl’s Lament-Song of the Irish Whistle-Hearts O Space

Laois Kelly-Carolan’s Farewell-A Celtic Xmas-Windham Hill

Colleen Raney-I Live not Where I Love-Lark-Raney

Maggie MacInness-Flora and the Primroses-A Woman’s Song-Scottish Art’s Council




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Link to Spinitron List
New format from Spinitron… not sure I like it.

Time Song Artist Release Label
9:04 AM The Farley Bridge Duncan Chisholm Farrar Copperfish Records
9:09 AM ‘Neath the Gloamin’ Star at E’en Hannah Rarity Neath the Gloaming Star Hannah Rarity
9:13 AM New Bush SMOK Horizons Oak Ridge Records
9:18 AM Bonny Udny Iona Fyfe Away from My Window CPL-Music
9:28 AM Greylag Geese The Paul McKenna Band Paths That Wind PMB Records
9:31 AM The Mar Ímar Afterlight Big Mann Records
9:36 AM Bodach Innse Chrò Daimh The Rough Bounds Goat Island Music
9:43 AM A Phiuthrag ’s a Phiuthar (feat. Mary Chapin Carpenter) feat. Mary Chapin Carpenter Julie Fowlis alterum Machair Records Ltd
9:47 AM Gaelic Ross & Ali Symbiosis Great White Records
9:53 AM The Highlander’s Revenge Blazin’ Fiddles The Key Blazin’ Fiddles
9:58 AM North to Cape Wrath / The Dark Reel Duncan Chisholm Sandwood Copperfish Records
10:07 AM Clermiston Snow Molly’s Revenge & Christa Burch Wintersong Molri Music
10:11 AM Somerset Wassail Molly’s Revenge & Christa Burch Wintersong Molri Music
10:16 AM The Girls of Balladoole Molly’s Revenge & Christa Burch Wintersong Molri Music
10:24 AM Bonnie Border Lass Archie Fisher Windward Away Red House Records
10:30 AM The Rolling Hills of the Borders Ed Miller Never Frae My Mind Wellfield Records
10:34 AM The Echo Mocks the Corncrake Gillian Frame Pendulum Cheerygroove
10:39 AM Chi Mi’n Geamhradh Runrig Once In A Lifetime [Live] Parlophone UK
10:43 AM Dh’fhalbh Mo Rùn air an Aiseig Maeve Mackinnon Strì Maeve Mackinnon
10:48 AM Air Fàir an Là Niteworks Air Fàir an Là Comann Music
10:52 AM Alba Paul Mounsey Nahoo Iona Records

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