MUSIC OF THE ISLES: on air Saturdays, 6am-7am, 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:
10/23. We include in this week’s show a spotlight set of recordings from some classic live albums released by top stars of the burgeoning 60’s-70’s Celtic music scene. You’ll hear from Pentangle, Fairport Convention, Clannad, and Bothy Band.
10/30. For the Halloween holiday weekend, may we tempt you with some wicked good tunes and devilish songs this week as we don our iconic Halloween costumes of horns and pitchforks to conjure up musical tricks & treats, such as “The Widow and the Devil,” “Foxy Devil,” and “Friend of the Devil” to name but a few. Celtic artists Eddi Reader, 3 Daft Monkeys, The Demon Barbers, and others will try to spook you. What can we say for ourselves? The devil made us do it.
11/6. It’s about “time.” Our show this week that is. It’s our all “TIME” hits special. That’s right, for the implementation of Daylight Savings Time, we’re playing greatest hits about “time,” songs on the topic of “time,” such as “You Couldn’t Have Come at a Better Time,” “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” “Time to Ring Some Changes,” and many more. Some of our time keepers for the show will be Damien Dempsey, Fairport Convention, Lehto & Wright, among many others. Wouldn’t you say it’s about TIME!
11/13. In keeping with the recent observance of Veterans Day, for today’s show, we’ll be playing folk songs of the Irish in the U.S. Civil War performed by notable Celtic artists, such as John Doyle, Linda Thompson, Mick Moloney, and others. We’ll be playing folk tunes from the time, along with songs on the subject from today’s songwriters. Of course, we’ll include from the era well known songs and classic hymns, such as “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Battle Cry of Freedom,” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.”
11/20. This week we’re celebrating the storied history of Dublin with a good number of artists from Dublin, such as Brendan Nolan, Sinéad O’Connor, and The Chieftains. We’ll be saluting in song the Irish capital’s streets, its neighborhoods, its characters, and its charm with songs like “If You Ever Go To Dublin Town,” “Dublin in the Rare Old Times,” “The Dublin Jack of All Trades,” and many others. WMNF and Music of the Isles says “Up the Dubs!”
11/27. This Thanksgiving weekend, we dish up a full show of instrumental music to accompany any dining of leftovers from the holiday meal. All tunes played this week are compositions of 17th century Turlough O’Carolan, a blind, itinerant Irish harper. We do this in recognition of WMNF’s efforts throughout November to salute the disabled’s valued contributions to society. Tune in for Celtic artists Planxty, Clannad, The Waterboys, The Chieftains, and many others, salute O’Carolan.
12/4. WMNF in December salutes Diversity & Inclusion. This week our program joins in by celebrating bilingualism, spotlighting how native Celtic languages of Welsh, Scots Gaelic, and Irish take equal place with that of English in folk music of the Isles. Hear Celtic artists Mary Black, Karen Matheson, and Julie Murphy, as well as others, sing both in the English language and their native Gaelic.
12/11. The Winter Solstice has brought us the season of long nights. Accordingly, we’ll be playing long cuts to accompany those stretching night hours. So, stretch back and listen to some musical tales spin on from Loreena McKennit, Bob Geldof, Waterson:Carthy, and a couple of others to mark the time.
12/18. This week we’re looking back at some of the best Celtic folk releases of 2021.
12/25. HAPPY CHRISTMAS! This week we play some notable English artists that have seemed to embrace Christmas music with holiday LP releases pretty much Yuletide season after season. Listen to Maddy Prior, The Albion Band, and Kate Rusby, while you pour yourself some wassail and carol along!
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– the joy of the jigs & reels and the sweetness of ancient airs– along with poignant contemporary & classic ballads– interspersed with informative theme sets, and occasionally the full show special. (Explore our past Playlists for samples.) All work we produce is delivered with the upmost respect to– and promotion of– the Celtic community, sprinkled with a dash of wit from the hosts.
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], Celtic 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], AmeriCelt [think Rhiannon Giddens or Anaïs Mitchell], 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 old & new– 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, 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, Seamus Ennis, Emmet Spiceland, Ian Campbell Folk Group, Micho Russell, The Johnstons, The Oldhan Tinkers, The Humblebums, Frank Harte, Len Graham, 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, 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, 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 & 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, Déanta, 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 & Back of the Moon, 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, Ushers 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 Dardanelles, 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 Olivier, Claire Hastings, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Leveret, The Willows, Eabhal, Lankum, Lynched, Ye Vagabonds, The Young’Uns, The Urban Folk Quartet, Frank Turner, 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, Maz O’Connor, Dovetail Trio, Gatehouse, The Memory Band, Emily Barker, Dallahan, Daoiri Farrell, Pons Aelius, Rura, Adam Holmes, Heron Valley, Elephant Sessions, TradArrr, 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: Sundays (5 pm) [call for confirmation] 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.)
TRAD SESSION: Every Third Sunday (5 pm) [call for confirmation] 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.)
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 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