MUSIC OF THE ISLES: on air Thursdays, 1:06pm-2pm, on 88.5 FM WMNF Tampa.
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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… Eclectic Celtic: new releases & classics, tunes & ballads; broadcasting since 1979.
When I play on my fiddle in Dooney, / Folk dance like a wave of the sea — W.B. Yeats, 1899.
All over Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales / I can hear the mothers’ voices calling / “Children, children, come home, children” — Van Morrison, 1982.
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CALENDAR — Upcoming on Music of the Isles — Spotlighting:
1/21. This week we’re playing all Robert Burns songs from All Scottish Ladies as our way to celebrate Burns’ Supper, an annual holiday saluting Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns, who in his time very much favored the ladies. We’ll be favoring the great voices of Eddi Reader, Karine Polwart, Barbara Dickson, among others.
1/28. This time of year Tampa local pirate-wanna-be’s typically are out swilling grog & plundering parade beads, reveling in annual Gasparilla festivities. This pandemic year we offer a treasure chest of rowdy sea songs to those hardy buccaneers swashbuckling on the living room couch. Raise the Jolly Roger with us as we set musical sail with Roger McGuinn, Stan Rogers, Mark Knopfler, and more.
2/4. As a tribute to the veritable constellation of Lone Star State songwriters, this week the Celts salute Texas, as we play Celtic artists, such as The Poozies, Eleanor McEvoy, Fairport Convention, and others, covering notable songs penned by celebrated Texans, the likes of Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and many more.
2/11. Typically this is the season in Tampa Bay for the starting of the Renaissance Fair & the State Fair, so in remembering fairer pre-pandemic times, in the second half of this week’s show we’ll be offering an extended set or two we’re calling Stayed too Long at the Fair. Hear fair voices from Celtic acts, such as Show of Hands, Cara Dillon, Dervish, & others, sing songs of fairs from Roseville to Bellaghy to Scarborough and beyond.
2/18. This week we’re Rocking both sides of the Pond playing electrified Trad songs from some stellar female vocalists from the 1970’s British Folk Rock Movement. Hear folk rockers Sandy Denny and Maddy Prior and others. And then closer to home and the here & now, we follow that up with some U.S. lads blasting out American Rock-n-Reel. Listen to bands Boiled in Lead, Wild Colonial Bhoys, and Lehto & Wright, and more.
2/25. This week is our annual Snowbird Show, dedicated to Tampa’s seasonal residents from Canada, whom we thank for their international support of our show. This year we offer a tribute to the Nova Scotian musicians The Rankin Family by playing from their catalog as a band and as solo artists.
A listing of TAMPA BAY CELTIC HAPPENINGS can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page.
QUESTION: What can you find on our weekly Music of the Isles show?
ANSWER: Folk Song & Traditional Instrumentals– Eclectic Celtic, entertaining folk music– contemporary & classic ballads– interspersed with informative theme sets, and occasionally the full show special. (Explore our past shows on MixCloud for samples.)
WHAT WE PLAY …
MUSIC OF THE ISLES, broadcasting since 1979, plays Trad tunes and Folk ballads along with the best of contemporary songwriting, plus Celtic rock-n-reel, while highlighting Celtic music’s influences on & cross-pollination with Folk Rock [think Fairport Convention or Steeleye Span], ProgRock [think Strawbs], Psychedelic Folk [think Incredible String Band], BluesCelt-JazzFolk [think Pentangle], CeltRock [think Horslips or Toss The Feathers], Ethereal Synth [think Enya], New Age-Old World [think Loreena McKennitt], Never Too Early Music [think Mediaeval Baebes or Owain Phyfe & The New World Renaissance Band], Celtic Choral [think Ánuna], Celtronica [think Martyn Bennett or Peatbog Faeries], Epic Celtic [think Alan Simon], Folk Punk [think Oysterband], Protest of Times [think Billy Bragg], Funky Folkie [think Ed Sheeran], Power Folk Pop [think Equation], Gaelic Gospel Gumbo [think Hothouse Flowers], Celtic Mystic Soul [think Van Morrison], Jig Jam Band [think Moving Hearts], Big Ceílí [think Bellowhead], Celtic Consort [think Fretless or The Gloaming], Commonwealth World Beat [think Imagined Village], Canadian Kiltic [think Ashley MacIsaac or Enter the Haggis], Helter Celtic [think Tremblin’ Bells], Smokin’ Pipe & Drum Circle [think Red Hot Chilli Pipers], Cross-Country [think The Unwanted], Celtic Comfort [think Celtic Woman or Celtic Thunder], Celtic Sea Shanties [think Fisherman’s Friends], Pub Punk [think The Pogues], Chip-Shop-Hip-Hop [think Damien Dempsey], Urban Celtic Chaos [think Black 47], New Gaelic Order [think Kíla], Pan-Euro Celts [think Varo or Birken Tree], Post-Colonial United [think Baka Beyond or Salsa Celtica or Afro Celt Sound System], Alba Alternative [think Lau], Rebel Rants [think The Wolfe Tones], Ragin’ Pagan [think Banshee in the Kitchen], Druid Dancehall [think Brogue], Acoustic Spin [think Talisk or Spiro], Folktronica [think Beth Orton], Anglicana [think Show of Hands], Americana [think We Banjo Three], Celticana [think Kyle Carey], Nu-folk [think Damien Rice or Lisa Hannigan], Like-a-Linnet Song [think Cara Dillon], and whatever you call what Mike Scott of The Waterboys wants to do:
We play … EXQUISITE vocals, lively jigs & reels, rowdy choruses of workers’ struggles, heroic accounts of poet rebels, the humors of drinkers & scholars, their mirth, myth & magic, their bawdy ballads, with wicked fiddling & the pipes calling, inspired Celtic mysticism, the draw of the saintly land, holy ground, 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, emigration, 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, a saluting of the subsequent courageous burden of the common foot soldier, and, of course, marking in all manner the Celts on the march, immigration and new worlds, new sensibilities but holding the old stories to rekindle spirits, a history alive– alive, alive-o! … a musical mirror to whom we are today, accompanied much by contemporary songwriting spotlighting that reflection.
We play … 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, New Zealand, and England.
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 eclectic Celtic, ancient to modern, classic to current!
LISTEN to Ewan MacColl, The 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, Trees, 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, The Wolfe Tones, General Humbert, Leo Rowesome, Alan Stivell, Silly Sisters, Stockton’s Wing, Whistlebinkies, Tír na nÓg, Patrick Street, The Poozies, Solas, Shirley Collins, Seamus Ennis, Emmet Spiceland, Ian Campbell Folk Group, Micho Russell, The Johnstons, The Oldham Tinkers, The Humblebums, Frank Harte, Len Graham, Ralph McTell, 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, Shelagh McDonald, 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, Sean McCarthy, 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, Ánuna, Mediaeval Baebes, Méav, Moving Hearts, Waterson:Carthy, Brass Monkey, Clan Alba, The Clutha, Seamus Begley, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Celtic Fiddle Festival, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Magpie Lane, Peter Bellamy, John Roberts & Tony Barrand, Maddy Prior & Tim Hart, Bert Jansch, Robin Williamson, Old Swan Band, Jock Tamson’s Bairns, Ashley Hutchings, The House Band, Steve Tilston, Maggie Boyle, Arcady, Anam, Lennie Gallant, Dan Ar Braz & l’Héritage des Celtes, Tiger Moth, Lunasa, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Luka Bloom, Mary Black, Aoife Clancy, Robbie O’Connell, Colum Sands, Connie Dover, Cathal McConnell, Cathie Ryan, Áuna, The Baltimore Consort, Nightnoise, Owain Phyfe & The New World Renaissance Band, Christine Primrose, Christine Collister, The Voice Squad, Finest Kind, Pyewackett, 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 & Cormac de Barra, Lumiere, Liz Madden, Lisa Moscatiello, Susan McKeown, Bill Jones, Julie Murphy, Nolwenn Leroy, 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, McDades, The Duhks, Figgy Duff, Barde, Fásta, Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones, Levellers, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, The Prodigals, Hothouse Flowers, 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, Barachois, The Rankins, Ennis Sisters, The Barra MacNeils, Ashley MacIsaac, Mary Jane Lamond, Hart Rouge, J.P. Cormier, Ad Vielle Que Pourra, Blowzabella, Rod Paterson, Brendan Begley, Brian McNeill, Pat Kilbride, Ed Miller, La Lugh, John Kirkpatrick, John McCusker, Mike Scott, Eithne Ní Uallacháin, Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, The Unthanks, Van Morrison, Brian Kennedy, Bap Kennedy, Ron Kavana, Niamh Parsons, Brendan Powers, Gerry O’Connor, Sharon Shannon, Seth Lakeman, Shooglenifty, Salsa Celtica, Baka Beyond, Cecile Corbel, Tartan Amoebas, Alan Simon, Martin Simpson, Hilary James & Simon Mayor, The Shee, Wake The Dead, Wolfstone, Lehto & Wright, Boiled In Lead, Bohola, Karen Matheson, Kate Rusby, Kathryn Tickell, Malinky, Caladh Nua, Dónal Clancy, Teresa Doyle, Karan Casey, John Doyle, Liz Carroll, Jackie Daly, Pauline Scanlan, Paul Brady, Maura O’Connell, T with the Maggies, Declan MacManus, Steve Wickham, Dolores Keane, Seán Keane, Seán Tyrrell, Steve Tilson, Maggie Boyle, Jim Malcolm, Jackie Leven, Mick Hanly, Eleanor Shanley, Eleanor McEvoy, Loreena McKennitt, Kaela Rowan, John McSherry, Oysterband, John Jones, Ray Cooper, Great Big Sea, Swell Season, Sting, New Celeste, Owl Service, 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, Deaf Shepherd, Session A9, 9Bach, Breabach, Ninebarrow, Bella Hardy, Calan, Corran Raa, Cara, Gráda, Goitse, Slide, Téada, Rachel Newton, Fiona Hunter, Jackie Oates, Emily Portman, Fay Hield, Hannah James & Sam Sweeney, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, David Munnelly, Siobhan Miller, Mumford & Sons, Tony McManus, Thom Moore, Hò-Rò, Heidi Talbot, Lau, Líadan, Luke Daniels, North Cregg, Burning Bridget Cleary, Blue Rose Code, Runa, Sylvia Herold, Olivia Chaney, Alistair Ogilvy, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, The Outside Track, Hanz Araki & Kathryn Claire, Colleen Raney, The Paul McKenna Band, Bùrach, Keltik Elektrik, The Red Hot Chili Pipers, The Jimi Shandrix Experience, Seelyhoo, Sandy Brechin & Ewan Wilkinson, Mike Vass, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson, Green Diesel, Gillian Frame, Faustus, Ruth Notman & Sam Kelly, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Sam Lee, Lucy Ward, Georgia Ruth, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Lisa Knapp, David Gibb & Elly Lucas, Megson, Jimmy MacCarthy, Eliza Carthy, Chris Wood, Blair Dunlop, Joy Dunlop, Rachel Hair, James Yorkston, Jim Moray, Jez Lowe, Roger Wilson, Pete Morton, John Spillane, Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Phil Odgers, Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds, Offa Rex, Stick In The Wheel, Spiro, Talisk, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Usher’s Island, The East Pointers, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, Rose Cousins, Còig, Cúig, Pendevig, Skipinnish, Skerryvore, BackWest, Socks In The Frying Pan, Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Emily Smith, Cara Dillon, Damien Dempsey, The Gloaming, Salt House, Vickie Swan & Jonny Dyer, Iona Fyfe, Ange Hardy, The False Lights, Ímar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Damien O’Kane, The Jeremiahs, Hannah Rarity, Kelly Oliver, Claire Hastings, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Leveret, The Willows, Eabhal, Lankum, Lynched, Ye Vagabonds, The Young’Uns, The Urban Folk Quartet, White Raven, John Smith, Kitty McFarlane, Lisa O’Neill, Rachel McShane & The Cartographers, Cathy Maguire, The Bonny Men, Mary Ann Kennedy, Aoife Scott, Róisín Ó, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Ceòl an Aire, Myrkur, Gatehouse, The Memory Band, Emily Barker, Dallahan, Daoirí Farrell, Pons Aelius, Rura, Adam Holmes, Heron Valley, Elephant Sessions, Ulaid & Duke Special, Bonny Light Horseman, Harbottle & Jonas, The Shackleton Trio …
TAMPA BAY CELTIC HAPPENINGS: (Be Mad for Trad!)
IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS… for the “craic” & “ceol” (fun & music)– fair play to, ye!
TRAD SESSION: Every First Sunday (5 pm)– FOUR GREEN FIELDS, 205 Platt St., Tampa, (813) 254-4444. Four Green Fields event info (Through the week, check for evening Folksinger performances.)
TRAD SESSION: Every Third Sunday (5 pm)– MOLLY MALONE’S, 305 E. Davis Island Blvd., Tampa, (813) 304-2777. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub event info (Through the week, check for evening Folksinger performances.)
TRAD SESSION: Every Fourth Sunday (6 pm)– FOUR GREEN FIELDS- Curtis Hixon Park, 702 N. Ashley St., Tampa, (813) 254-4444. Four Green Fields event info (Through the week, check for evening Folksinger performances.)
PUB PERFORMANCE– raise a pint to Tampa’s bards!
BRENDAN NOLAN: Brendan Nolan info
1/30. (5pm-8pm) Mary Margaret’s Olde Irish Tavern, 29 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-873-6764.
1/31. (2pm-6pm) Caddy’s, 801 Riverside Dr. E., Bradenton, 941-708-3777.
2/2. (8pm-12am) Mary Margaret’s Olde Irish Tavern, 29 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-873-6764.
2/5. Flanagan’s, 465 Main St., St. Petersburg, 727-736-4994.
2/6. McGrath’s Irish Ale House, 8110 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-210-4398.
2/13. (5pm-8pm) Mary Margaret’s Olde Irish Tavern, 29 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-873-67642.
2/26. Flanagan’s, 465 Main St., St. Petersburg, 727-736-4994.
2/27. (5pm-8pm) Mary Margaret’s Olde Irish Tavern, 29 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-873-67642.
3/2. Mary Margaret’s Olde Irish Tavern, 29 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-873-67642.
3/20. Mary Margaret’s Olde Irish Tavern, 29 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-873-67642.
BRAYZEN HEADS: Brayzen Heads info
DEREK WARFIELD & THE YOUNG WOLFE TONES: Derek Warfield info
TAMPA BAY CELTIC CONCERT VENUES — Check back again for further notification of Celtic artists on tour coming to Tampa Bay.
CELTIC FOLK FESTIVALS– gathering of the clans & great craic at the feis! — Check back for local Celtic Festival updates.
HOUSE CONCERTS– once round the kitchen, mind the dresser! — Check out these locations that often host Celtic musicians:
CLEARWATER COTTAGE CONCERTS, [email protected], 3196 Wessex Way, Clearwater. Call (727) 712-0659 for info &/or RSVP.
LAKESIDE HOUSE CONCERTS, Winter Haven. Call (863) 293-1510 for info.
SOUTH TAMPA HOUSE CONCERTS, [email protected] Call (813) 625-2688 for info.
CONTRADANCE– step it on out, lads & lasses 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