Music of the Isles

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MUSIC OF THE ISLES; a new show each Saturday, streaming 24/7

CELTIC MUSIC & More, broadcasting since 1979, with co-hosts Bill Dudley & Seán Sexton.

The best of traditional folk & contemporary songwriting from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England.

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Explore our PLAYLISTS— scroll up & down the playlist feed below the Listen On Demand Player for present & past shows. You’ll find song & album title, artist, release date, country of origin, band members, & songwriting credit.

CALENDAR — Upcoming on Music of the Isles .

2/24-3/1.  Our show will be playing tracks from 2022 this week.

3/2-8.  For this week, we again revisit tracks from 2022.

3/9-15.  This week we spotlight 2020 tracks.

3/16-22. Kicking off Paddy’s Day Celebrations, our show this week explores traditional Irish instrumental music– going beyond just jigs & reels to highlight all manner of dance tunes. Be ready to step out with slides, flings, highlands, hornpipes & polkas, among other styles. Customary fiddles will be flaying & pipes playing, but we’ll be featuring also a full assortment of instruments found throughout trad sessions. Our All-Irish-Artist program will be showcasing notable instrumentalists on banjo, concertina, bouzouki, flute, & more. Listen to masters, the likes of Tommy Peoples, Dónal Clancy, Éamonn Coyne, to name but a few.

3/23-29.  We’re spotlighting tracks from 2021 this week.

3/30-4/5.  Our show will feature more 2022 music this week.

Hosted by
Bill Dudley

Bill Dudley has spent a lifetime in radio, working at a number of stations in the Tampa Bay Area. He began hosting the Music of the Isles show in early 1980. 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, as well as producing radio documentaries for the Florida Humanities Council, and, more recently, promotional and documentary video at

Hosted by
Seán Sexton

Seán Sexton, co-host Music of the Isles, 2000 to present, is a retired English teacher. His great interest lies in folk balladry. Further, he received his MA degree in the Creative
Writing of Poetry while residing in Ireland. He holds both an Irish passport and a US passport.

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