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Thursday, 7pm-9pm on WMNF HD2 – AND streaming all week long 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 the air since 1979.

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Coming up on Music of the Isles — Look for these specials down the road:

3/2  Spotlight Set for this week showcases American singer-songwriters noting the participation of the Irish immigrant in US wars.

3/9  An extended set gives a Music of the Isles welcome to Spring.

3/16  St. Patrick’s Week! — Celebrating with an all Irish show.

4/27  April is National Poetry Month. We mark it with our Music of the Isles 17th Annual Poetry Show, playing Celtic artists who have set celebrated World Poetry to song. Hear the likes of Damien Dempsey, Fay Hield, and Seán Tyrrell sing the poems of Brendan Behan, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, and much more in this full show special.

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Thank you for making Music of the Isles your tradition. We greatly appreciate listener support & input and always welcome feedback.

Email Bill or Seán at their bios below…

To Support WMNF & Music of the Isles, consider 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 is to you!

TAMPA BAY CELTIC HAPPENINGS:

IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS– fair play to, ye!

Every First Sunday (5 pm)– Four Green Fields, 205 Platt St., Tampa

Every Third Sunday (5 pm)– Molly Malone’s, 305 E. Davis Island Blvd., Tampa

CONTRADANCE– step it on out, lads & lassies of all ages [confirm dance dates & locations at tampabaycontra.com]

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

PUB PERFORMANCE– raise a pint to Tampa’s bards

Brendan Nolan:  http://brendannolan.com/sked.html

2/24 & 2/25  Molly Malone’s, 304 E. Davis Blvd., Davis Island, Tampa (813) 304-2777

3/4  Courigan’s, 1 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg (727) 551-9019

3/17 afternoon  Molly Malone’s, 304 E. Davis Blvd., Davis Island, Tampa (813) 304-2777

3/18  afternoon  MacDinton’s, 405 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813) 261-8999

3/19  Nolan’s Pub, 230 Main St., Safety Harbor (727) 400-6998

3/31 & 4/1  Molly Malone’s, 304 E. Davis Blvd., Davis Island, Tampa (813) 304-2777

Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones:

3/16 & 3/17  Four Green Fields, 205 W. Platt St., Tampa (813) 254-4444

CELTIC FOLK FESTIVALS– gathering of the clans & great craic at the feis

Weekends 2/18-4/2:  Bay Area Renaissance Festival, 11315 N. 46th St., Tampa

HOUSE CONCERTS– once round the kitchen, mind the dresser.

Lakeside Music Room, Winterhaven, hosts many acoustic acts, including Celtic groups. Call (863) 293-1510 for info.

TAMPA BAY CELTIC CONCERT VENUES

3/6  Dropkick Murphys– doors open 6:30 pm, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

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, The Dubliners, Christy Moore, The Chieftains, The Bothy Band, Clannad, The Corries, Fairport Convention, Silly Wizard, Steeleye Span, Albion Band, Fotheringay, Jethro Tull, Strawbs, Afro Celt Sound System, Enya, Equation, Runrig, Billy Bragg, Dougie MacLean, De Dannan, Alasdair Fraser, Tannahill Weavers, Old Blind Dogs, Patrick Street, Solas, The Waterboys, Richard Thompson, Stan Rogers, Archie Fisher, Cherish The Ladies, Dervish, Four Men & a Dog, Mick Moloney, Mediaeval Baebes, Moving Hearts, Lennie Gallant, Lunasa, Luka Bloom, Mary Black, Aoife Clancy, Robbie O’Connell, Cathie Ryan, Brendan Nolan, The Duhks, Derek Warfield, Black 47, Kíla, Sinéad O’Connor, Shane MacGowan, Natalie MacMaster, Sharon Shannon, Seth Lakeman, Shooglenifty, Baka Beyond, Lehto & Wright, Boiled In Lead, 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, 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, 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, your site for Celtic Eclectic!

Hosted By...

Bill Dudley  dudley@wmnf.org

Since growing up in Cleveland (the Home of Rock and Roll) Bill Dudley has spent a lifetime in radio, beginning in his high school years, which coincided with the Great American Folk Scare. After starting out part time at a tiny little FM station in New Jersey, he became active in campus radio in upstate New York before moving to Florida in the 1960s. After working at a number of stations in the Tampa Bay Area, he was fired from his last commercial job (a country music station) just a few months after WMNF went on the air, which could be seen as some kind of omen. Started in late 1979 by station staffer Cameron Hendrix, the Music of the Isles Show was given to Bill in early 1980, along with a daytime Big Band and Swing program (later supplanted by the Live Music Showcase in 1996.) Along the way Bill founded the first Irish traditional band in Florida, the Wind That Shakes the Barley. Since the eighties he has made a living recording acoustic music albums for folks in Florida and other states, as well as producing radio documentaries for the Florida Humanities Council, and, more recently, promotional and documentary video. Bill also plays guitar in several Contra Dance bands, of which three have toured as far north as New England. An outdoorsy guy, Bill has a love of history, the old ways and traditions, and "hippie values." You can check out some of his work on the web at billdudley.com.

Sean Sexton  ssexton2@tampabay.rr.com

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

Seán, born in NYC, holds dual U.S. & Irish passports. An educator for 30+ years, he has a keen interest in Balladry; its encapsulation of the human condition, its folk perspective, its timeless relevance. In his travels he's accumulated 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 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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