Program 318: Basque Country; Irish Song

Release Date: 03-16-2013


Rick explores the sites and culture of Basque Country with two guides who have deep family roots in the region. We'll look at the power of music in Ireland, where nearly every town comes with its own special song. Also, we'll hear how traditional ballads connect the Irish with their history, and with one other.


  • Agustín Ciriza, tour guide from San Sebastian (Donostia), Spain
  • Francisco Glaría, tour guide from Pamplona, Spain
  • Liam O'Riordan, tenor from Blarney, County Cork, Ireland
  • Stephen McPhilemy, tour guide from Derry, Northern Ireland

Additional Info

  • Francisco Glaría lives in Pamplona, and guides with Novoturs in Spain's Navarra region
  • Liam O'Riordan sings at pubs in County Cork as part of a duo called Trad Routes
  • Stephen McPhilemy operates the Paddy's Palace hostel in Derry