Music of the Isles

Thursday, 7pm – 9pm

MUSIC OF THE ISLES: WMNF HD2…or streaming all week long on

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.

Celtic tunes & folk ballads, plus their 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, Jethro Tull, Strawbs, Afro Celt Sound System, Equation, Billy Bragg, Dougie MacLean, Solas, The Waterboys, Richard Thompson, Dervish, Lunasa, Shane MacGowan, Sharon Shannon, Seth Lakeman, Shooglenifty, Kate Rusby, Oysterband, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Cara Dillon, Damien Dempsey …

Exquisite vocals, lively jigs & reels, rowdy choruses, workers’ struggles, haunting airs, touching tales.

Folk songs 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 Folk Song!

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Hosted By...

Bill Dudley

Sean Sexton

Seán Sexton, co-host Music of the Isles (2000 to present)

Seán, born in NYC, holds dual U.S. & Irish passports. He has been an educator for 30 years with a keen interest in Balladry; its encapsulation of the human condition, its folk perspective, its timeless relevance. He has a vast library of traditional folk music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England.

He became involved in Music of the Isles as a guest host in 2000, when-- returning from residing in Ireland where he was enrolled in studies culminating in a postgraduate degree in the Creative Writing of Poetry--, he was invited to WMNF to program a special show for National Poetry Month. He chose the topic of Irish poetry set to music by Celtic folk artists. (Subsequently, a Poetry Special every April has become an institution on Music of the Isles.)

He was asked back the next week, & the week after, & after that Seán with his enthusiasm for Celtic Music has been a weekly fixture in the studio ever since. You'll find him every Thursday entertaining & educating-- programming interesting, sometimes quirky, theme sets & intriguing full specials, introducing the Tampa folk scene to new artists & directions in the genre, in doing so offering to new audiences, new generations, the touchstones connecting our musical past to its contemporary catalog. Mostly you can hear Seán, a Celtophile to the heart & honorable Irish American, sincerely share his love for Celtic culture, ancient to contemporary. He keeps the traditions alive. (Does his family proud.)

Your man’s mad for Trad. He’s great “craic,” and, best, he’s hold of a treasure of music to air:
Clancys to Pentangle, Planxty to Capercaillie, Pogues to Prodigals, Peatbog Faeries to Bellowhead, Imagined Village and beyond. Then back again. Music of the people by the people. Folk for, and of, folk concerns, not corporate fed fad. Folk people reflecting on the past, existing in the present, focused on the future. Folk for folk sake!

It can be said of Seán stepping through life that “he takes most delight in the slip jigs & reels.” But when away from studio work, and not found grading papers from his day job of keeping our youth skilled in critical thinking, you can catch him at the local pub throwing darts. Or, perhaps, see him at his 2nd great passion Tampa Bay Lightning hockey. Loyal to the team, he is a longtime, rabid season ticket member.

Up the Celts (and Go Bolts)!

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