Meet Thistle & Shamrock Host Fiona Ritchie

Sep 29, 2014

Fiona Ritchie with Frank Stasio. 9/29/14

Fiona Ritchie
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For more than three decades, Fiona Ritchie has taken public radio audiences on a weekly journey through the world of Celtic music.

The Scottish-born host of NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock, began her radio career in North Carolina at WFAE in Charlotte. She recently collaborated with Doug Orr, president emeritus of Warren Wilson College, on a new book:  Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia (UNC Press/2014)

The book and accompanying CD document the evolution of Celtic melodies from Scotland to Appalachia. Host Frank Stasio talks with Ritchie about her life and career.

Fiona Ritchie hosts Thistle & Shamrock on Sundays at 7pm on WUNC. Ritchie and Orr will appear at the following readings in North Carolina: 

Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 PM
At Motorco with Regulator Bookshop
Durham, NC

Thursday, October 2 at 6:30 PM
At McIntyre's Books-Fearrington Barn
Pittsboro, NC

Friday, October 3 at 6:30 PM
At Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Saturday, October 4 at 3:00 PM
Quail Ridge Books
Raleigh, NC

Saturday, November 15 at 4:00 PM
Warren Wilson Friends of the Library 
Asheville, NC

Sunday, November 16 at 6:00 PM
Malaprop’s Bookstore
Asheville, NC