Thursday, 7pm-9pm on WMNF HD2 – AND streaming all week on wmnf.org
CELTIC MUSIC & More, ancient to modern, with co-hosts Bill Dudley & Seán Sexton.
The best of traditional folk & contemporary songwriting from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England; ON AIR since 1979.
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Upcoming up on Music of the Isles — Look for these specials:
3/23 This week we feature an extended set saluting a family group from the 1970’s: The Fureys & Davey Arthur; along with playing contemporary music from their talented offspring.
4/13 A special extended set this week salutes the songwriting of Jimmy MacCarthy with our playing Irish artists– such as Christy Moore, Mary Black, Maura O’Connell– covering many of the stellar songs from his phenomenal 1990 debut album Song of the Singing Horseman.
4/20 The subject of this week’s theme set is the hunger striker Bobby Sands.
4/27 April is National Poetry Month. We mark it with our Music of the Isles 17th Annual Poetry Show, playing Celtic artists who have set celebrated World Poetry to song. Hear the likes of Damien Dempsey, Fay Hield, and Seán Tyrrell sing the poems of Brendan Behan, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, and much more in this full show special.
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TAMPA BAY CELTIC HAPPENINGS:
IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS– fair play to, ye!
Every First Sunday (5 pm)– FOUR GREEN FIELDS, 205 Platt St., Tampa, (813) 254-4444. Four Green Fields event info
Every Third Sunday (5 pm)– MOLLY MALONE’S, 305 E. Davis Island Blvd., Tampa, (813) 304-2777. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub event info
PUB PERFORMANCE– raise a pint to Tampa’s bards!
BRENDAN NOLAN: Brendan Nolan info
3/31 & 4/1 Molly Malone’s, 304 E. Davis Blvd., Davis Island, Tampa, (813) 304-2777.
5/5 & 5/6 Molly Malone’s, 304 E. Davis Blvd., Davis Island, Tampa, (813) 304-2777.
BRAYZEN HEADS: Brayzen Heads info
3/31 & 4/1 Four Green Fields, 205 W. Platt St., Tampa, (813) 254-4444.
DEREK WARFIELD & THE YOUNG WOLFE TONES: Derek Warfield info
TAMPA BAY CELTIC CONCERT VENUES
TARPON SPRINGS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs, (727) 937-0686. TSPAC events
4/9 Brendan Nolan with fiddler & whistle player Colin Farrell. THE PALLADIUM, St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, (727) 822-3590. Paladium Events
CELTIC FOLK FESTIVALS– gathering of the clans & great craic at the feis!
Weekends 2/18 – 4/2: Bay Area Renaissance Festival, 11315 N. 46th St., Tampa.
4/7 Brendan Nolan with fiddler Colin Farrell. StringBreak Music Fest. Sertoma Ranch, Brooksville, (813) 984-8445.
HOUSE CONCERTS– once round the kitchen, mind the dresser!
SOUTH TAMPA HOUSE CONCERTS, West Shore/Gandy Area, presents Folk music, including Celtic acts, email@example.com. Call (813) 625-2688 for info.
LAKESIDE HOUSE CONCERTS, Winterhaven, hosts many acoustic acts, including Celtic groups. Call (863) 293-1510 for info.
CONTRADANCE– step it on out, lads & lassies of all ages [confirm dance dates & locations at Tampa Friends of Old-Time Dance.]
Every First Friday (7:30 pm)– Pinellas Park Auditorium, 7690 59th St., Pinellas Park
Every Second Saturday (7:30 pm)– Pinellas Park Auditorium, 7690 59th St., Pinellas Park
Every Fourth Sunday (3:30 pm)– Gulfport, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport
QUESTION: What can you find on our weekly Music of the Isles show?
ANSWER: Eclectic Celtic, entertaining folk music– contemporary & classic– interspersed with informative theme sets, and occasionally the full show special. (Explore our past shows for samples.)
WHAT WE PLAY …
MUSIC OF THE ISLES, broadcasting since 1979, plays Trad tunes and Folk ballads, plus Celtic rock & reel, while highlighting Celtic music’s influences on & cross-pollination with Folk Rock, ProgRock, New Age, Celtronica, World Beat, Chip-Shop-Hip-Hop, Americana, & Nu-folk:
LISTEN to Ewan MacColl, Tommy Makem, The Dubliners, Christy Moore, The Chieftains, The Bothy Band, Clannad, The Corries, The Fureys, Fairport Convention, Silly Wizard, Steeleye Span, Albion Band, Fotheringay, Jethro Tull, Horslips, Strawbs, Afro Celt Sound System, Enya, Equation, Runrig, Anne Briggs, Billy Bragg, Dougie MacLean, De Dannan, Sandy Denny, Alasdair Fraser, Tannahill Weavers, Battlefield Band, Old Blind Dogs, Patrick Street, Solas, The Waterboys, Richard Thompson, Stan Rogers, Archie Fisher, Altan, Cherish The Ladies, Dervish, Four Men & a Dog, Mick Moloney, Mediaeval Baebes, Moving Hearts, Waterson:Carthy, Lennie Gallant, Lunasa, Luka Bloom, Mary Black, Aoife Clancy, Robbie O’Connell, Cathie Ryan, Brendan Nolan, Jimmy Crowley, The Duhks, Derek Warfield, Saw Doctors, Black 47, Kíla, Sinéad O’Connor, Shane MacGowan, Natalie MacMaster, Leahy, The Barra MacNeils, Sharon Shannon, Seth Lakeman, Shooglenifty, Baka Beyond, Lehto & Wright, Boiled In Lead, Kate Rusby, Karan Casey, John Doyle, Paul Brady, Maura O’Connell, Loreena McKennitt, Oysterband, Great Big Sea, Danú, Jon Boden, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Megson, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Jez Lowe, John Spillane, Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Emily Smith, Cara Dillon, Damien Dempsey …
EXQUISITE vocals, lively jigs & reels, rowdy choruses, workers’ struggles, heroic accounts of poet rebels, humors of drinkers & scholars, their mirth, myth & magic, bawdy ballads, wicked fiddling & the pipes calling, the draw of the land, its holiday customs and workaday life, but also the pull of the road, for both the prince and the pauper, hard times, good times, of men and women, haunting airs, love’s lament, harp strings & heartstrings, touching stories of tender emotions or the dark side of vengeful murder ballads, cautionary tales of roguish rakes, wild rovers, highwaymen, pirate outlaws, and yet also tribute to celebrated patriots, their noble cause, saluting the subsequent courageous burden of the common foot soldier, and, of course, marking in all manner the Celts on the march, history alive– alive, alive-o! … a musical mirror to whom we are today, accompanied much by contemporary songwriting spotlighting that reflection.
FOLKSONGS from England and the 7 Celtic Lands. Learn through music the history & culture of the Celtic nations: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany, Galicia. Hear tradition alive & adapting in vibrant communities of the Celtic diaspora in America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
DIG THE FOLK ROOTS & climb all the branches of the Celtic Music genre. Taste the fruit of Folksong! Make it your tradition to listen to Music of the Isles, your site for Celtic Eclectic!