MUSIC OF THE ISLES: 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.
HEAR THIS WEEK’S SHOW using the Listen On Demand player at the top right of this page.
Or if you’re LISTENING ON YOUR PHONE using the WMNF APP: Click “Archives” icon at the bottom of its screen; then scroll to Music of the Isles.
NEW, Enjoy our library; access past shows here! LISTEN to ARCHIVED SPECIALS on MixCloud.com
What was the name of that song; who was that artist?
Upcoming on Music of the Isles — Look for these specials:
5/18 UK TOUR … This week’s full-show-special showcases music from regions of the UK. No BREXIT here! We continue to traditionally air ancient and contemporary Tunes & Folksongs from England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland on the Music of the Isles. Special sets will tour these locales. Hear Scottish Celtronic mouth music and Northumbrian lullaby; listen to Cornish miner balladry and mad Manx fiddling.
5/25 This week’s extended theme set plays nautical songs that uncover the horrors of the Slave Ship.
6/8 A showcase set salutes the solo projects of the many gifted members– former and current– of the long lasting Celtic supergroup Solas.
6/15 A set with Irish musicians– De Dannan, Christy Moore, Mary Courtney, Black 47– saluting South African heroes Nelson Mandela and Stephen Biko.
6/22 Miss Kate Rusby, English rose. A full show saluting the English singer & songwriter Kate Rusby. Listen to Kate’s solo work, as well as her involvement in her former bands & side projects– Intuition, Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts, Equation, The Poozies. Enjoy the much in demand Kate as a guest vocalist on the albums of fellow contemporary folk masters, such as John Doyle, John McCusker, and Cherish the Ladies. Also hear cover versions of Kate’s songs performed by many popular Celtic acts.
6/29/2017 A full show spotlighting how American Songwriting of the 1950’s-1960’s Folk-Scare lives on in the music of current Celtic bands. Hear songs of Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Peggy Seeger interpreted by contemporary Celtic artists from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England. Hear the likes of Maddy Prior, Aoife Clancy, Dolores Keane, Battlefield Band, Patrick Street, Siobhan Miller, Gaelic Storm, Runrig, Pilgrims’ Way, and The Paul McKenna Band sing folksongs from the pens of some of America’s most enduring songwriters.
7/6 An extended set paying tribute to a pioneering Folk Rocker– Contemporary Celtic Women Artists Covering compositions of the late Sandy Denny.
7/13 Tonight’s extended spotlight set: 50 years of Celtic Sitar 1960’s-2010’s. Listen to Marianne Faithfull, Archie Fisher, Pentangle, Mary Black, Lady Maisery incorporate the sound of the sitar in Celtic folk.
7/27 A theme set this week gives a nod– along with Billy Bragg and The Dream Academy and other acts– to the Northern Town.
BOOKMARK this page – – Don’t miss out on each week’s new show of traditional & contemporary folk!
SEND A LINK FOR THIS SHOW TO A FRIEND— Introduce someone to the best of Celtic Music!
Thank you for making Music of the Isles your tradition. We greatly appreciate listener support & input and always welcome feedback.
Contact the DJ’s: Email Bill or Seán at their bios below…
To Support WMNF & Music of the Isles, use the TIP JAR found at the top of this page. (Any contribution, big or small, is greatly appreciated.)
All work for this show is performed on a voluntary basis by its co-hosts, including purchasing music for broadcast from their own personal income. These hosts have contributed their time, talents, and resources to keeping Celtic music alive for Greater Tampa Bay. They do so without compensation in any manner from any source. Any contribution you make to this show— every precious cent of it– fully goes to the station to help fund WMNF Tampa Community Conscious Radio stay on air.
Please let the station know how important Music of the Isles and Celtic music is to you! (We appreciate you for it– go raibh maith agat!)
FRIENDS of MUSIC OF THE ISLES: Support not-for-profit, commercial-free WMNF by becoming a monthly Sustaining Member; designate your donation to Music of the Isles by joining the “Celtic” CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
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
BRAYZEN HEADS: Brayzen Heads info
DEREK WARFIELD & THE YOUNG WOLFE TONES: Derek Warfield info
TAMPA BAY CELTIC CONCERT VENUES — Check again for notification of artists coming to the Tampa Bay area.
CELTIC FOLK FESTIVALS– gathering of the clans & great craic at the feis! — Check back for Festival updates.
HOUSE CONCERTS– once round the kitchen, mind the dresser! — Check out these locations:
CLEARWATER COTTAGE CONCERTS, ClearwaterCottageConcerts@tampabay.rr.com, 3196 Wessex Way, Clearwater. Call (727) 712-0659 for info.
LAKESIDE HOUSE CONCERTS, Winterhaven. Call (863) 293-1510 for info.
SOUTH TAMPA HOUSE CONCERTS, firstname.lastname@example.org. Call (813) 625-2688 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, Punk, New Age, Celtronica, World Beat, Chip-Shop-Hip-Hop, Americana, & Nu-folk:
LISTEN to Ewan MacColl, Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, The Dubliners, Christy Moore, The Pogues, The Chieftains, The Bothy Band, Clannad, The Corries, The Fureys, Fairport Convention, Silly Wizard, Steeleye Span, Albion Band, Fotheringay, Pentangle, Planxty, Morris On, Jethro Tull, Horslips, Strawbs, Rick Wakeman, Afro Celt Sound System, Capercaillie, Enya, Equation, Runrig, Anne Briggs, Billy Bragg, Boys of the Lough, Dougie MacLean, De Dannan, Sandy Denny, Five Hand Reel, Alasdair Fraser, Tannahill Weavers, Battlefield Band, Old Blind Dogs, Mr. Fox, Bellowhead, Incredible String Band, The Young Tradition, Leo Rowesome, Alan Stivell, Silly Sisters, Stockton’s Wing, Whistlebinkies, Patrick Street, The Poozies, Solas, Shirley Collins, Seamus Ennis, Emmet Spiceland, Ian Campbell Folk Group, Micho Russell, The Johnstons, The Humblebums, Frank Harte, Ralph McTell, Shirley Collins, Nic Jones, Liam Clancy, Patrick Ball, Barbra Dickson, Bob Fox, Derek Bell, Mary Bergin, Skara Brae, Midnight Well, Sweeney’s Men, Dave Swarbrick, The Woods Band, The Waterboys, Home Service, Lindisfarne, Linda & Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Stan Rogers, Archie Fisher, Andy Irvine, Tommy Sands, Andy M. Stewart, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, Carlos Nunez, Altan, Cran, Craobh Rua, Coolfin, Davy Spillane, Dave Burland, Eileen Ivers, John Whelan, John Renbourn, Matt Molloy, Cherish The Ladies, Dervish, Four Men & a Dog, Dick Gaughan, Bob Geldof, Eric Bogle, Mick Moloney, Jacqui McShee, Mediaeval Baebes, Méav, Moving Hearts, Waterson:Carthy, Brass Monkey, Seamus Begley, Kathryn Roberts, Celtic Fiddle Festival, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Maddy Prior & Tim Hart, Bert Jansch, Robin Williamson, Ashley Hutchings, Lennie Gallant, Lunasa, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Luka Bloom, Mary Black, Aoife Clancy, Robbie O’Connell, Colum Sands, Connie Dover, Cathal McConnell, Cathie Ryan, Áuna, Nightnoise, The Voice Squad, Tom Lewis, Tommy Fleming, Finbar Furey, The Corrs, Orla Fallon, Deirdre Starr, Eddi Reader, Frances Black, Kate Purcell, Niamh Dunne, Éilís Kennedy, Norianna Kennedy, Nuala Kennedy, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Moya Brennan, Lumiere, Liz Madden, Lisa Moscatello, Susan McKeown, Jennifer Cutting, Whirligig, Robin Bullock, The New St. George, Natalie Merchant, Brendan Nolan, Jimmy Crowley, John Tams, Coope Boyes and Simpson, Davy Steele, James Keelaghan, Chris Norman, Gordon Lightfoot, Garnet Rogers, Fretless, The Duhks, Figgy Duff, Barde, Fásta, Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones, Levellers, The Prodigals, Saw Doctors, Demon Barbers, The Young Dubliners, Gaelic Storm, The High Kings, Enter The Haggis, Black 47, Peatbog Faeries, Martyn Bennett, Kíla, Sinéad O’Connor, Shane MacGowan, Michael McGoldrick, Flook, Mark Knopfler, Natalie MacMaster, Leahy, Vishtèn, The Rankins, Ennis Sisters, The Barra MacNeils, Ashley MacIsaac, Mary Jane Lamond, Hart Rouge, J.P. Cormier, Rod Paterson, Brendan Begley, Brian McNeill, Pat Kilbride, Ed Miller, La Lugh, John Kirkpatrick, John McCusker, The Unthanks, Van Morrison, Brian Kennedy, Bap Kennedy, Ron Kavana, Niamh Parsons, Brendan Powers, Gerry O’Connor, Sharon Shannon, Seth Lakeman, Shooglenifty, Baka Beyond, Cecile Corbel, Alan Simon, Martin Simpson, Hilary James & Simon Mayor, The Shee, Wake The Dead, Lehto & Wright, Boiled In Lead, Bohola, Karen Matheson, Kate Rusby, Kathryn Tickell, Malinky, Caladh Nua, Dónal Clancy, Karan Casey, John Doyle, Liz Carroll, Jackie Daly, Pauline Scanlan, Paul Brady, Maura O’Connell, T with the Maggies, Declan MacManus, Dolores Keane, Seán Keane, Seán Tyrrell, Steve Tilson, Maggie Boyle, Jim Malcolm, Jackie Leven, Mick Hanly, Eleanor McEvoy, Loreena McKennitt, Kaela Rowan, John McSherry, Oysterband, Great Big Sea, Swell Season, Sting, New Celeste, Owl Service, Landermason, Broom Bezzums, Pilgrims’ Way, The Queensberry Rules, Ruth Keggin, Mec Lir, Barrule, Mabon, Dalla, Danú, Beoga, Jon Boden, Tim Edey, Glen Hansard, Rhiannon Giddens, Imagined Village, Lady Maisery, Show of Hands, Manran, Session A9, 9Bach, Bella Hardy, Calan, Cara, Gráda, Goitse, Slide, Rachel Newton, Fiona Hunter, Jackie Oates, Emily Portman, Fay Hield, Hannah James & Sam Sweeney, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, David Munnelly, Siobhan Miller, Mumford & Sons, Hò-Rò, Heidi Talbot, Lau, Líadan, Luke Daniels, North Cregg, Burning Bridget Cleary, Blue Rose Code, Alistair Oglivy, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, The Outside Track, The Paul McKenna Band, Mike Vass, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson, Gillian Frame, Faustus, Sam Lee, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Megson, Jimmy MacCarthy, Eliza Carthy, Chris Wood, James Yorkston, 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, Celtic mysticism, the draw of the land, its holiday customs and workaday life, dance tunes and harvest songs, but also the pull of the road and the sea, hornpipes & shanties, good times for both the prince and the pauper, hard 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, tributes 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!