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Meet Thistle & Shamrock Host Fiona Ritchie

Fiona Ritchie with Frank Stasio. 9/29/14

Fiona Ritchie
Fiona Ritchie

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 & Shamrockon 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

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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