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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:
12/22 WINTER SEASON SHOW — Happy Christmas!
12/29 BEST OF 2016 CELTIC RELEASES
1/5 CELTIC TRIBUTE TO LEONARD COHEN– Along with our customary traditional folk, this week we also feature several sets of Celtic artists covering a number of amazing Leonard Cohen songs as we pay our respects to the recently departed Canadian poet & songwriter.
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 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
Every First Sunday (5pm)– Four Green Fields, 205 Platt St., Tampa
Every Third Sunday (5pm)– Molly Malone’s, 305 E. Davis Island Blvd., Tampa
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
Lakeside Music Room Winterhaven (863) 293-1510
1/12 Men Of Worth, duo from Ireland & Scotland.
TAMPA BAY 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
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.