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Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr 

When: Thu., Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m. 2014

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1–SATURDAY, OCT. 4 You probably know Fiona Ritchie as the host of the NPR-syndicated Celtic music program "The Thistle & Shamrock." But did you know that the show began in North Carolina? In 1981, Ritchie moved to Charlotte, where she had previously spent six months as a teaching assistant at UNC-Charlotte, and debuted "Thistle" on NPR member station WFAE. By 1986, the show was nationally distributed and Ritchie was its full-time host and producer, finally moving it to Scotland in 1990. That Celtic-to-Southern U.S. musical connection is the topic of Ritchie's new UNC Press book and CD with Doug Orr, founder of the Swannanoa Gathering music workshop at Warren Wilson College. Through words and songs, Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia tells the story of how Scottish immigration to Appalachia in the 18th and 19th centuries blended two rich musical traditions. Ritchie and Orr discuss and sign the book in Durham (Motorco, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.), Pittsboro (McIntyre's, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m.), Chapel Hill (Flyleaf, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.) and Raleigh (Quail Ridge, Oct. 4, 3 p.m.), with various musical guests including Little Windows, James Olin Oden and Julee Glaub. See calendar listing on page 47 for full event details. —Brian Howe

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