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The Thistle & Shamrock: Songs Of The Times

Karan Casey.
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Karan Casey.

Old ballads offer fascinating glimpses into the past, but what do today's songwriters say about our contemporary concerns? Hear timely songs by Karan Casey, the Paul McKenna Band, Karine Polwart and more.

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