Welcome to the Oak & Thorn Website. Here we post playlists from the show, information about the artists and music, and links to sources for CDs or more information. Please leave comments to let me know if you are finding the page and if you find it useful.
Oak & Thorn is a weekly program of Celtic music, airing every Sunday morning from 9 to 11 Pacific time (that’s 1700-1900 GMT). The program is broadcast on radio stations KZYX and KZYZ in Mendocino County and surrounding areas of northern California. It is also Webcast live and it can be replayed from the KZYX Jukebox for two weeks after each show. KZYX content is also accessible from Apple iOS devices with the free KZYX App.
Colleen Bassett, who originated this program, hosts on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Tim Bray hosts on 1st and 3rd Sundays. (We flip a caber to determine who’s up on 5th Sundays.)
We present a wide variety of music within the “Celtic” genre, from pure traditional to contemporary world-fusion sounds. In addition to the music, we offer information about the artists and/or the culture from which this wonderful music springs. We use this blog to offer more detailed information about the music and the culture, in the hope that this will enhance your enjoyment of the show. Please let us know how we are doing, and thanks for visiting!
The photo at the top of the page is of the great Scottish band, Silly Wizard, performing “Valley of Strathmore” at Celtic Connections 2007. From left: Duncan Chisholm (fiddle, replacing the late Johnny Cunningham), Andy M. Stewart (vocals), John McCusker (fiddle – it takes two incredible fiddlers to replace Johnny), Phil Cunningham (whistle), Gordon Jones (guitar).