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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–
LOOK FOR THESE SPECIALS DOWN THE ROAD:
1/12 VAN THE MAN: VAN MORRISON— WE CLAIM HIM AS A CELTIC ARTIST! Van is on tour, and since Music of the Isles states our radio program’s subtitle is “Celtic Music & More”, we will for the moment concentrate on the “More” and mark Van Morrison’s three sellout dates in Tampa Bay this week with a Celtic retrospect of his career, especially his projects with the Irish bands The Chieftains and Moving Hearts. George Ivan Morrison– or The Belfast Cowboy, as Robbie Robertson refers to him in The Last Waltz— famously plays Rock and R&B, but much influenced by Celtic Culture, an inner landscape springing from Celtic lore and the poetry of Yeats and flavored by the outer landscape of the moors and glens of the Isles. For those who were unfortunate to obtain tickets to Van’s Tampa Bay Area tour stop, come hear our Celtic musical tour of the recordings of this Belfast born member of the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.
1/19 BEST OF 2016 CELTIC RELEASES – Part II
1/26 CANADIANS COVERING CANADIANS! (No, not a Health Insurance Model.) Music of the Isles’ annual Canada Show– a yearly theme show dedicated to Tampa Bay’s many Canadian full time and seasonal residents– will this year showcase performances by some of our neighbors’ most esteemed, native Singer-Songwriters (Stan Rogers, Bruce Cockburn, Leonard Cohen, Lennie Gallant, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Robbie Robertson, David Francey, Gordon Lightfoot) along with highlighting notable covers of their songs from their compatriot Celtic artists and contemporary singers– The Barra MacNeils, The Ennis Sisters, The Rankins, Diana Krall, The Duhks, Great Big Sea, Sarah McLachlan, Ian & Sylvia, The Cowboy Junkies, and more.
2/9 THE SONGWRITING OF RICHARD THOMPSON. This week’s show will celebrate the songs of the folkrock icon Richard Thompson, former member of (and great guitarist for) Fairport Convention. On the occasion of his Tampa Bay tour date this week, Music of the Isles will play Celtic artists covering many of the great songs that Richard has contributed to the Celtic genre. Come listen to a full show’s worth of song treasures– the tradition based and the idiosyncratic!
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TAMPA BAY CELTIC HAPPENINGS:
IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS– fair play to, ye!
Every First Sunday (5pm)– Four Green Fields, 205 Platt St., Tampa
Every Third Sunday (5pm)– Molly Malone’s, 305 E. Davis Island Blvd., Tampa
CONTRADANCE– step it on out, lads & lassies of all ages
Every First Friday (7:30pm)– Pinellas Park Auditorium, 7690 59th St., Pinellas Park
Every Second Saturday (7:30pm)– Pinellas Park Auditorium, 7690 59th St., Pinellas Park
Every Fourth Sunday (3:30pm)– Gulfport, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport
PUB PERFORMANCE– raise a pint to Tampa’s bards
Brendan Nolan: http://brendannolan.com/sked.html
1/13 Flanagan’s, 465 Main St., Dunedin (727) 736-4994
1/14 Courigan’s, 1 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg (727) 551-9019
1/27 1916 Irish Pub, 2309 W. Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City (813) 756-6504
1/30 Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota (941) 388-2355
CELTIC FOLK FESTIVALS– gathering of the clans & great craic at the feis
2/3 Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival: Ceilidh 7pm-10pm, Sarasota Fairgrounds
2/4 23rd Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival: 9am-5pm, Sarasota Fairgrounds
2/10 & 2/11 Fifth Annual Celtic Family Jamboree, Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brooksville, (941) 625-8544
Weekends 2/18-4/2: Bay Area Renaissance Festival, 11315N. 46th St., Tampa
HOUSE CONCERTS– once round the kitchen, mind the dresser.
Lakeside Music Room Winterhaven (863) 293-1510
TAMPA BAY CELTIC CONCERT VENUES
2/2 Cherish The Ladies– 7:30pm, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center
2/9 Gaelic Storm– 7:30pm, The Capitol Theatre, Clearwater
2/14 Richard Thompson– 7:30pm, The Capitol Theatre, Clearwater
2/18 Mick Moloney & Friends– 7:30pm, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center
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 Chieftains, The Bothy Band, Clannad, Fairport Convention, Silly Wizard, Steeleye Span, Jethro Tull, Strawbs, Afro Celt Sound System, Enya, Equation, Runrig, Billy Bragg, Dougie MacLean, De Dannan, Solas, The Waterboys, Richard Thompson, Stan Rogers, Archie Fisher, Cherish The Ladies, Dervish, Mick Moloney, Mediaeval Baebes, Moving Hearts, Lennie Gallant, Lunasa, Luka Bloom, Mary Black, Brendan Nolan, The Duhks, Derek Warfield, Black 47, Sinéad O’Connor, Shane MacGowan, Natalie MacMaster, Sharon Shannon, Seth Lakeman, Shooglenifty, Baka Beyond, Kate Rusby, Karan Casey, John Doyle, Paul Brady, Maura O’Connell, Loreena McKennitt, Oysterband, Great Big Sea, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Jez Lowe, Karine Polwart, Cara Dillon, Damien Dempsey …
Exquisite vocals, lively jigs & reels, rowdy choruses, workers’ struggles, heroic accounts of poet rebels, humors of drinkers & scholars, mirth, myth & magic, wicked fiddling & the pipes calling, the draw of the land, the pull of the road, haunting airs, love’s lament, harp strings & heartstrings, touching tales, history alive– alive, alive-o!
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.