Come by the Hills, Mushroom FM's Premier Folk and Celtic Music Show, Presented by Sara Hillis

About Me

My name is Sara Hillis and I am a musician from Canada. My primary musical genre is Celtic Folk music, but I enjoy both playing and listening to a wide range of artists and styles. I also have a Masters degree in English Literature, and I'm married to a wonderful man.

About The Show

Join me each Saturday at 2:00 PM Eastern for three magical hours of music both traditional and inspired by tradition from the Celtic lands and from around the world.

From Cork to Cape Breton, from Wales to Winnipeg, this music has traveled the globe in a way that few other folk traditions have. In danger of dying out several times, it has always been preserved against all odds, and has represented the people who created it even when their languages and rights were suppressed by conquerors and colonizers alike.

It chronicles both joy and sorrow, both defiance and love, and though it is sometimes heart-breaking, it is always beautiful.

But I don't just play Celtic music, I also play Folk music of all kinds. Yes, this show can go anywhere! So feel free to suggest something you think might be a good fit.

Themes and Such

Occasionally, the show will have a theme based on special days that are important to various Celtic cultures as well as other important events throughout the year. There will also be tributes to influencial artists and bands, and sometimes a running theme related to the types of stories or characters featured in the songs. Whether there is a theme or not, however, the show will always be fun.

What if You Can't Tune in on Saturday?

If you miss the show on Saturday, you can always catch a replay on the following Tuesday at 5:00 AM Eastern. While this may be too early for us here in Canada and the US, it does allow our UK listeners to tune in at a more reasonable time of day.

Failing this, you can now listen to past shows from the current calendar year on-demand. I'm providing this service in response to a number of people who find that the above times are not convenient for them. Except where noted, the shows are Ogg Vorbis files and they can be found at the links below. If you have trouble playing the show files using Windows Media Player, you can find the necessary add-on for playing Ogg Vorbis files here. It's a small EXE file which will install the necessary supports onto your system. Make sure any media players are closed before installing it. Now for the shows!

Links for On-demand Listening

October 2021
Air Date Show Notes Link to File
October 23, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
October 16, 2021 The Paddy Moloney and Chieftains Tribute Episode Download
October 9, 2021 The John Barleycornucopia Etc. Episode Download
October 2, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download (MP3)
September 2021
Air Date Show Notes Link to File
September 25, 2021 The Loreena McKennitt Visit 30th Anniversary Album Special Download
September 18, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download (MP3)
September 11, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
September 4, 2021 Encore Presentation of the Stan Rogers Special from June 6, 2021 Download
August 2021
Air Date Show Notes Link to File
August 28, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
August 21, 2021 The Fifth Anniversary Episode Download
August 14, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
August 7, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
July 2021
Air Date Show Notes Link to File
July 31, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
July 24, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
July 17, 2021 The First Saturday Episode Download
July 11, 2021 The Final Sunday Episode Download
July 4, 2021 Encore Presentation of Come by the Hills from July 5, 2020 Download
June 2021
Air Date Show Notes Link to File
June 27, 2021 The Canada Day Episode Download
June 20, 2021 The Midsummer and More Episode Download
June 13, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
June 6, 2021 The Stan Rogers Special Download
May 2021
Air Date Show Notes Link to File
May 30, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
May 23, 2021 Encore Presentation from May 24, 2020 of a Non-themed Episode Download
May 16, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
May 9, 2021 The may Day and Mother's Day Episode Download
May 2, 2021 Encore Presentation from March 7, 2021 of The Show that Almost Wasn't (a Non-themed Episode) Download
April 2021
Air Date Show Notes Link to File
April 25, 2021 Encore Presentation from February 21, 2021 of The Loreena McKennitt and Live Music Episode Download
April 18, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
April 11, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
April 4, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
March 2021
Air Date Show Notes Link to File
March 28, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
March 21, 2021 The Spring and Things Episode Download
March 14, 2021 The Saint Patrick's Day Episode Download
March 7, 2021 The Show that Almost Wasn't (a Non-themed Episode) Download
February 2021
Air Date Show Notes Link to File
February 28, 2021 The St. David's Day Episode Download
February 21, 2021 The Loreena McKennitt and Live Music Episode Download
February 14, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download (mp3)
February 7, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
January 2021
Air Date Show Notes Link to File
January 31, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
January 24, 2021 The Burns Night Episode Download
January 17, 2021 The Sea Shanty Episode Download
January 10, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download
January 3, 2021 A Non-themed Episode Download

As always, keep up-to-date with Mushroom FM activities at our schedule page, which can be found here.

How to Contact Me

I look forward to sharing my love of Celtic music with you each week, and I'm always happy to hear from you with any ideas or requests you might have.

While this show is not presented live, I will be available during its time-slot and throughout the week by both Email and Twitter.

Email

Contact me by email at S A R A at Mushroom Fm Dot Com (spelled that way to thwart spammers.)

Twitter

Or if you prefer Twitter, feel free to follow me at sarahillismusic, and don't forget the Mushroom Fm hashtag when tweeting about the show!

Web Site

You might also like to check out my musical web site by clicking here.

Thank you for listening, and enjoy!