Kicking Off The St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Let the weekend party begin. With the celebration of the patron saint of Ireland coming up on Sunday, we take a look tonight at the evolving Celtic tradition. There’s a good helping of traditional Irish music but there’s also a focus on how performers are pushing the Celtic music envelope, folding in music as varied at klezmer and old-timey.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Chieftains, “Morning Dew/Women Of Ireland”, The Wide World Over, RCA Victor

  • Chieftains with Sting, “Mo Ghile Mear”, The Wide World Over, RCA Victor


  • Lunasa, “Eanair”, Lunasa, Compass

  • Cara Dillon, “The Maid Of Culmore”, “She’s Like The Swallow”, Cara Dillon, Rough Trade


  • Dolores Keane, “Dangerous Dance”, “Dunlavin Green”, “Fare Thee Well A Stor”, Night Owl, Alula


  • Solas, “Beck Street”, “Prelude #1/Black Annis”, The Edge Of Silence, Shanachie


  • Lunasa, “Feabhra”, “Iuir”, Lunasa, Compass


  • Cathie Ryan, “Carrick-a-rede”, Somewhere Along The Road, Shanachie

  • John Doyle, “Blue Diamond Mines”, Evening Comes Early, Shanachie

  • Cathie Ryan, “High On The Mountain”, Somewhere Along The Road, Shanachie

  • John Doyle, “Crooked Jack”, Evening Comes Early, Shanachie


  • Aengus Finnan, “The Ballad Of Marguerite de la Roche”, Fool’s Gold, Shelter Valley

  • Connie Dover, “The Blessing”, The Border Of Heaven, Taylor Park Music

  • Providence, “McDonagh’s”, A Fig For A Kiss, Appleseed