From the Library: Folk Music of Scotland

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 18 March, 2009

Today’s programme in our series From the Library features folk music of Scotland, and while there are a quite a few traditional pieces and instrumentation included, the show also focuses on some of the modern artists out there, and many of the new directions in folk music that artists North of the Border are taking.

Of course many of these musicians build on the traditions of the past, but they tackle modern themes and concerns as well as rendering traditional songs and instrumentation. Take the work of Karine Polwart, for example, or Brian McNeill. You’ll also hear the Peatbog Faeries, Dougie MacLean, Karen Matheson, and many more.

The picture is Macbeth by John Martin (National Gallery of Scotland), which appears as the cover illustration for the Whistlebinkies’ album Albannach, included in today’s programme.

From the Library is produced in conjunction with the Caledon Library; today’s programme was produced by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to it on our Main Stream as follows:

If you want to have the Radio Riel Main Stream playing on your parcel, please set the media music URL to: http://217.112.91.221:9004/live

If you want to listen off-world, simply click here.

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