The Thistle & Shamrock: Ballads Of The Border By editor • Feb 27, 2019 TweetShareGoogle+Email Karine Polwart is featured on this week's episode of The Thistle & Shamrock. Sandy Butler / Courtesy of the artist Cattle raids, battles, betrayals and family loyalties are all commemorated in the ballads of the borderlands between Scotland and England, sometimes referred to as "the debatable lands."Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Tags: NPR Music & ConcertsTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread.