Our first program of the new year is a sampling of new and recent songs and tunes from the Celtic traditions.
Best of the Best
This week we revisit some of our past Album of the Year winners for some extra-fine Celtic music.
Open the Door for Three
The trio Open the Door for Three visits our studio this week to talk about their recent album as well as their previous individual work. Members include Pat Broaders on vocals and bouzouki, Liz Knowles on fiddle, and Kieran O'Hare on flute, whistle, and pipes.
Songs of Robert Burns
Join us for a birthday party! It's the 255th birthday of Scotland's great poet and songwriter, Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759.
Check in with us this week to hear some of the best songs and tunes from new and recent releases from both sides of the Atlantic.
23rd Anniversary Show
We celebrate our 23rd anniversary this week with music fit for the celebration. Celtic Connections started as a local program on WSIU in Carbondale IL on February 3, 1991. We are glad to be still going strong!
This week we'll be seeking out some of the top Celtic bands in the U.S., including Solas and Cherish the Ladies but also some lesser- known bands.
We dust off the record shelf this week for some favorite tracks from the past several decades of Irish, Scottish, and English traditional music.
This week we'll see what has been arriving in the mailbox from European and North American artists who have a lot to be proud of in their newest recordings.
Music of Wales
We honor the recent holiday of St. David's Day with a program of music from the Welsh traditions.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration
We'll keep it all Irish this week in honor of Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick himself!
Six in the Spotlight
We will focus in on six current Celtic bands this week so that we can hear more than just one track from each album and enjoy their vocals as well as their instrumental tracks.
St. Louis Tionol Preview
This week we preview the Irish musicians who are coming to this year's Tionol in St. Louis, the annual gathering of musicians and music students from around the U.S. and Ireland where teachers spend a day helping students with all the major instruments used in Irish music. Tionol coordinator Mike Mullins visits the studio with CD tracks from most of the teachers and performers.
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