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MUSIC OF THE ISLES: Thursday, 7pm-9pm on WMNF HD2 —

Streaming all week:  wmnf.org/events/music-of-the-isles

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– Celtic Eclectic: new releases & classics; 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.

HEAR THIS WEEK’S SHOW– use Listen On Demand player at top right of this page. The current week’s show plays all day long Thursday through Wednesday. Listen at your leisure. (And past shows can be accessed– listen again & again. See our link below for saved shows.)

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Music of the Isles warmly welcomes WMNF volunteer Susan Starr as publicist for our show. Susan will be posting program notes and Tampa Bay Celtic Happenings to our webpage here and to the Music of the Isles Facebook Page. Look for Music of the Isles events around town.

Upcoming on Music of the Isles — Look for these specials:

6/14.  We tour the lands of Music of the Isles this week. We play sets of artists from the Celtic lands: Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany with songs both in the English language and in the Celtic tongues of Irish, Scots Gaelic, Manx, Welsh, Cornish, and Breton. Additionally, we have sets from England, Canada, and the USA.

6/21.  For the Summer Solstice we have a full show celebrating the summer season and the sun.

6/28.  Rambling Rover Show– We play songs this week about rovers and rambling for those listeners getting ready to travel for the summer. We toast your upcoming adventures: may the road rise up to meet you! If you download the WMNF APP on your phone, you can listen to this week’s special and enjoy Richard Thompson, Heidi Talbot, Garnet Rogers, Van Morrison, Donovan, Maura O’Connell and more on your summer road trip.

7/5.  This week we salute the Seeger siblings (Pete & Peggy), iconic folk singers, with two extended sets. For the Pete Seeger song set, we highlight the fantastic Minneapolis group Lehto & Wright with their electric covers of Seeger songs.

7/12.  A whole show of Celtic artists covering the incredible songs of Ewan MacColl. Hear his classics like “Dirty Old Town”, “Tunnel Tigers”, and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” covered by Mary Black, Luka Bloom, Karan Casey, Christy Moore, and many others.

7/19.  Going way back! This week we have a special set of Early music from 16th century England. We hope you enjoy the show literally as a “Pastime With Good Company,” to take the phrase from the title of King Henry VIII’s composition that he wrote for Catherine of Aragon.

7/26.  Our showcase set this week spotlights songs penned by the Irish poet Thomas Moore [1799-1852]. His songs are still sung proudly today. As his poem “The Minstrel Boy” states, “Thy songs were made for the pure and free; they shall never sound in slavery!”

8/2.  The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem restored the good name of Irish ballads in the 1960’s: No more singing songs like “Who Put the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder”! This week’s extended set of the show salutes the songwriting of the late Tommy Makem. Listen to Tommy and other Celtic artists perform Makem classics. We toast himself Makem, “modern Bard of Armagh”. After all, shouldn’t we? Sure, doesn’t Tampa’s thatched pub Four Green Fields takes its name from the title of Tommy’s greatest song.

8/9. Two extended sets this week showcase the songwriting of Sandy Denny. One set features Sandy’s songwriting for the bands Fairport Convention and Fotheringay, as well as for her solo albums. The other set consists of cover versions of popular Sandy Denny songs performed by various Celtic artists, such as Mary Black, Heidi Talbot, and Kathryn Roberts.

8/16.  An extended set this week extolls the charms of the girls of Galway. “Tell me, what would you do if her hair was black and her eyes were blue?” — “Galway Girl” by Steve Earle.

8/23.  Our spotlight set this week showcases the songwriting of Archie Fisher, composer of many great songs, including the perfect (in our regard) “The Final Trawl”. Hear Celtic artists, such as Mary Black and Stan Rogers, perform classic Archie Fisher compositions.

8/30.  Music of the Isles travels over a million miles to bring you a broad spectrum of Celtic music. This week’s special proves it as each song we play for this week’s show has a numbered mile in its title. Watch the odometer spin as we spin tracks covering those musical miles. Hear Bellowhead’s raucous version of the traditional “10,000 Miles Away”. Listen to Roseanne Cash’s tender rendition of “500 Miles”. Enjoy Big Country’s hit “Fields of Fire (400 Miles)”.

9/6.  Are you a Mod or a Rocker? We’re FOLK ROCKERS! This week is our annual “Back to Folk Rock School” special, visiting campus halls and folk clubs and the pirate radio waves from Fall 1969 through Graduation of Spring 1973. Listen to the mix of Folk, Rock, and ProgRock. Study connections between Child Ballads and Led Zeppelin. Uncover common influences that George Harrison and Fairport Convention hold.  Follow the progression of the personnel of members of Strawbs (formerly The Strawberry Hill Bluegrass Band) to Fairport Convention (Sandy Denny) and to Yes (Rick Wakeman). Stayed tuned for the education of a British Folk Rocker.

9/13. Paul Simon “Retiring from the Road” Tribute Show: As a way of thanking Mr. Simon for stopping last week in Tampa to perform a great show, we’ll be playing Simon & Garfunkel originals and Paul Simon solo cuts, as well as Paul Simon compositions covered by Celtic artists throughout our entire show.

9/20.  Ladies sing “Lady” songs! Hear a host of traditional classics, such as “Lady Margaret” (an English ballad that traveled to America), “Lady Franklin’s Lament” (regarding her grief of the loss of her Arctic explorer husband), and “The Lady of Shalott” (the Alfred Lord Tennyson poem). This theme show spotlights female vocalists singing favorite biographical or mythical folksongs about notable ladies. Listen to great renditions from the likes of Karan Casey, Loreena McKennitt, Anais Mitchell, and many more!

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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 airing of 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 & directly goes to support the best little radio station on the planet. Please help fund Music of the Isles and 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

6/15&16.  Molly Malone’s, 304 E. Davis Blvd., Tampa, 813-304-2777.

7/6&7.  Molly Malone’s, 304 E. Davis Blvd., Tampa, 813-304-2777.

8/10.  Flanagan’s, 465 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-4994.

8/31 & 9/1.  Molly Malone’s, 304 E. Davis Blvd., Tampa, 813-304-2777.

9/7.  Flanagan’s, 465 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-4994.

10/5&6.  Molly Malone’s, 304 E. Davis Blvd., Tampa, 813-304-2777.

11/16&17.  Molly Malone’s, 304 E. Davis Blvd., Tampa, 813-304-2777.

12/7&8.  Molly Malone’s, 304 E. Davis Blvd., Tampa, 813-304-2777.

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, ClearwaterCottageConcerts@tampabay.rr.com, 3196 Wessex Way, Clearwater. Call (727) 712-0659 for info &/or RSVP.

LAKESIDE HOUSE CONCERTS, Winterhaven.  Call (863) 293-1510 for info.

SOUTH TAMPA HOUSE CONCERTS, gshollowy@rmail.com. 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

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 along with the best of contemporary songwriting, plus Celtic rock-n-reel, while highlighting Celtic music’s influences on & cross-pollination with Folk Rock, ProgRock, New Age-Old World [think Loreena McKennitt], Celtronica [think Martyn Bennett], Funky Folkie [think Ed Sheeran], Jig Jam [think Moving Hearts], Big Ceílí [think Bellowhead], Celtic Consort [think The Gloaming], Commonwealth World Beat [think Imagined Village], Ragin’ Pagan [think Banshee in the Kitchen], Pub Punk [think The Pogues], Chip-Shop-Hip-Hop [think Damien Dempsey], Anglicana [think Show of Hands], 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, The Wolfe Tones, General Humbert, 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, 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, Magpie Lane, Peter Bellamy, John Roberts & Tony Barrand, Maddy Prior & Tim Hart, Bert Jansch, Robin Williamson, Ashley Hutchings, The House Band, 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, 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, Lumiere, Liz Madden, Lisa Moscatello, Susan McKeown, 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 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, Rod Paterson, Brendan Begley, Brian McNeill, Pat Kilbride, Ed Miller, La Lugh, John Kirkpatrick, John McCusker, Mike Scott, 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, Wolfstone, 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, Steve Wickham, 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, 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, Bella Hardy, Calan, 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, Thom Moore, Hò-Rò, Heidi Talbot, Lau, Líadan, Luke Daniels, North Cregg, Burning Bridget Cleary, Blue Rose Code, Runa, 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, Mike Vass, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson, Green Diesel, Gillian Frame, Faustus, Sam Lee, Lucy Ward, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Lisa Knapp, David Gibb & Elly Lucas, Megson, Jimmy MacCarthy, Eliza Carthy, Chris Wood, Blair Dunlop, Joy Dunlop, James Yorkston, Jim Moray, Jez Lowe, Roger Wilson, Pete Morton, John Spillane, Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Offa Rex, Stick In The Wheel, Spiro, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Usher’s Island, The East Pointers, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, Còig, Socks In The Frying Pan, Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Emily Smith, Cara Dillon, Damien Dempsey, The Gloaming, Salt House, Iona Fyfe, Ange Hardy, The False Lights …

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, 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, saluting 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 with old stories to rekindle spirits, 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!

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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