MUSIC OF THE ISLES: 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:
9/12. Thanks to your support, Music of the Isles has been broadcasting traditional tunes and folksongs since 1979. This week to celebrate our listeners and the 40th birthday of WMNF– the station first airing on 9/14/1979–, we revisit WMNF’s inaugural year with memorable Celtic releases from ’79. Listen to our tribute show of classic cuts from iconic artists in the genre, e.g., The Bothy Band, Planxty, Richard & Linda Thompson, The Chieftains, Stan Rogers, Clannad, as we toast, “Happy Anniversary to WMNF and its listener supporters! Thanks for all the many years of music and the many distinct music shows. A particular thanks to our Music of the Isles audience for your loyal partnership these wonderful years. Here’s to 40 more years of community radio.”
9/19. In our current show, you’ll listen to our usual selection of fine folk ballads and trad tunes, but for our spotlight set this week, we’ll hear a handful of protest songs that speak against the notion of ethnic superiority. Listen to Aoife Clancy & Shay Black, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, The Young’Uns, and Billy Bragg rail against Fascism.
9/26. “It’s late September and I should really be back in school.” This week is our annual Back to Folk Rock School Special: The education of a British folk-rocker. In our full show we answer the question: What would a young London-based, budding folk-rocker be listening to at the birth of the genre, from freshmen year 1969 though graduation year 1973. We will hear folk, rock, and their melding into folkrock as found on college campuses, in folk clubs and night clubs, at festivals, and on pirate radio. The syllabus calls for studies of Cat Stevens, Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention, Joan Armatrading, Rod Stewart, Pentangle, and other selected artists.
10/3. This week is WMNF’s Fall Fundraising Week. Help keep Tampa Community Radio stay on the air. And, please show your support for your Celtic music show Music of the Isles by calling (813) 238-8001 to Make a Pledge or by hitting the Tip Jar on this webpage. Consider becoming a monthly sustaining member by joining our “Celtic” Circle O’ Friends. Music of the Isles needs your support. Keep Celtic Music alive and strong on the Suncoast of Florida.
10/10. Fantastic folk and trad tunes this week, as ever, are in store. We, also, for our Spotlight Set visit some gifted songwriting from current albums of former members of the 1980’s folk-punk band The Men They Couldn’t Hang. Listen to fine songs from Paul Simmonds and Phil Odgers. Hear their work with Naomi Bedford, Eliza Carthy and John Jones.
10/17. Our show this week is a tribute to Sweeney’s Men, a 1960’s group, who helped revitalize traditional Irish music in Ireland and beyond. Its members went on to form some of the most important Celtic bands of the 1970’s & 1980’s, e.g., Planxty, DeDannan, The Pogues. (One member went on to the stage of Woodstock to play with Joe Cocker and later play in Wings.) Sweeney’s Men further have impacted Celtic music with their songwriting. Many artists have covered their songs. This week, we’ll hear versions from Christy Moore, Dervish, Maddy Prior, Solas, and others.
10/24. We’ll hear plenty of contemporary Celtic cuts in this week’s show, but for a special Spotlight Set, we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 release of Pentangle’s classic album A Basket of Light.
10/31. Happy Halloween everyone! Did you know that the holiday has origins in the Celtic festival of Samhain? This year’s show will be dedicated to the holiday’s iconic figure of the Ghost. BOOO! Hear spooky songs from Kate Rusby, Luka Bloom, Richard Thompson, Solas, and others, on the subject.
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], 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], Gaelic Gospel Gumbo [think Hothouse Flowers], Celtic Mystic Soul [think Van Morrison], Jig Jam [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], Cross-Country [think The Unwanted], Celtic Comfort [think Celtic Woman or Celtic Thunder], Ragin’ Pagan [think Banshee in the Kitchen], Pub Punk [think The Pogues], Chip-Shop-Hip-Hop [think Damien Dempsey], Urban Celtic Chaos [think Black 47], New Gaelic Order [think Kíla], 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]:
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 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, 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, 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, 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, Clan Alba, Clutha, 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, 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, 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 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, 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 Shanley, 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, 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, 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, Mike Vass, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson, Green Diesel, Gillian Frame, Faustus, Ruth Notman & Sam Kelly, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, 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, 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, Còig, Cúig, BackWest, 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, Ímar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Damien O’Kane, Hannah Rarity, Kelly Oliver, Claire Hastings, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Leveret, The Willows, Eabhal, Lankum, Lynched, Ye Vagabonds, The Young’Uns, John Smith, Kitty McFarlane, Lisa O’Neill, Rachel McShane & The Cartographers, Cathy Maguire, Mary Ann Kennedy, Aoife Scott, Róisín Ó, Daoirí Farrell …
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.)
PUB PERFORMANCE– raise a pint to Tampa’s bards!
BRENDAN NOLAN: Brendan Nolan info
10/11-12. Molly Malone’s, 305 E. Davis Island Blvd., Tampa. 813-304-2777.
10/25. Nolan’s Pub, 230 Main St., Safety Harbor. 727-400-6998.
10/26. The Forge, 105 W. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon. 813-548-7090.
11/1. Flanagan’s, 465 Main St., Dunedin. 727- 736-4994.
11/7. The Forge, 105 W. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon. 813-548-7090.
11/15-16. Molly Malone’s, 305 E. Davis Island Blvd., Tampa. 813-304-2777.
11/21. The Forge, 105 W. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon. 813-548-7090.
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.
1/30/2020. Gaelic Storm. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.
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