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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. (Broadcasting for 37 years!)
Coming up on Music of the Isles—
9/22 — Reserved Set … A Celtic nod to Jimi Hendrix.
9/29 — Special Show… THE CONTINENTAL– A musical tour of the Celtic Folk scene on the European continent. Hear the fruit of how the EU allowed musicians from Ireland & Britain to legally live and work on the European continent, and so introduce Celtic Trad and British Folk to a wider audience, thus helping to foster the rise of Celtic bands among native musicians in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, and more. Additionally, the ease of travel from the continent to Ireland and Britain opened artists readily to attend festivals, summer schools, and pub sessions furthering a vibrant musical cross-pollination.
10/6 — Special Show… FUELING FOLK– Whale Oil and Coal Tar: Songs of Fuel in Folk. Hear traditional songs tell the tales of hard driving Whalers and recount stories of hard oppressed Colliers.
LOOK FOR THESE SPECIALS DOWN THE ROAD:
HALLOWEEN WEEK– a Celtic Holiday! Of course, the entire show will be a showcase of spooky songs and all things macabre, especially through the playing of murder ballads. But we also will be highlighting the Celtic origins of the holiday– Samhain, The Celtic New Year– noting its vestiges, like the Pooka, the Banshee, and the Jack O’ Lantern.
CELTIC WOMEN– “Cherishing the Ladies” (not just a title to a traditional tune): An all-female artists show! Though there’s a countless number of all-male Celtic bands— and we do especially appreciate seeing the many mixed-gender bands–, we wish to Spotlight what seems a relatively small number represented in the Celtic music scene: the All-Women Full Band. We’d like to Celebrate the all-women bands that, too, do it all and do it so well– bands that perform richly vocally while also excelling instrumentally.
DYLAN CELTIC COVERED– A full show welcoming Bob Dylan to town: Uncovering the Traditional Folk and Celtic influences on Dylan’s music through a sampling of the many Celtic artists who cover his songs, while we also explore Dylan’s impact on the Celtic genre itself.
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MUSIC OF THE ISLES 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, Christy Moore, The Bothy Band, Clannad, Fairport Convention, Silly Wizard, Steeleye Span, Jethro Tull, Strawbs, Afro Celt Sound System, Enya, Equation, Billy Bragg, Dougie MacLean, Solas, The Waterboys, Richard Thompson, Dervish, Lunasa, Sinéad O’Connor, Shane MacGowan, Sharon Shannon, Seth Lakeman, Shooglenifty, Baka Beyond, Kate Rusby, Oysterband, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Cara Dillon, Damien Dempsey …
Exquisite vocals, lively jigs & reels, rowdy choruses, workers’ struggles, haunting airs, touching tales.
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.