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Watch and Listen: GRAMMY-Nominated Lutenist Ronn McFarlane Plays Celtic Music Live from WRTI

Recorded live in the WRTI performance studio, Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane plays music from his 2019 album, The Celtic Lute. WRTI's Debra Lew Harder is host.

Watch the performance recorded LIVE on YouTube:

With 35 albums under his belt, Ronn's mission is to bring the lute—the most popular instrument of the Renaissance—into today's musical mainstream, and make it accessible to a wider audience.

Ronn McFarlane with WRTI's Debra Lew Harder

Listen to his arrangements of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes. He'll also chat with us about the fascinating history of this music, and why much of it, originally written for Celtic harp, lends itself especially well to the lute.


Carolan’s Welcome 

Banish Misfortune 

The Battle of Harlaw 

Pipe on the Hob

Cliffs of Moher 

Hey My Nanny & Guzzle Together 

The Monaghan Jig 

Kid on the Mountain

Debra's last day on the air at WRTI was September 21st, 2021. She's now the radio host for The Metropolitan Opera. Read more here.