MUSIC OF THE ISLES: Thursday, 7pm-9pm on WMNF HD2 or Web steaming all week www.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.
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Upcoming on Music of the Isles — Look for these specials:
4/18. Celtic music and more. This week we have an extended set of Nick Drake covers from the likes of The Unthanks, Ashley MacIsaac, and Solas. We also have a set with a wink and a nod to the English Royal Family. Keep Calm and Folksong On!
4/25. Our 20th Annual National Poetry Month Show. Listen to Celtic artists, such as Loreena McKennitt, The Waterboys, and Eleanor McEvoy, setting to music the poetry of Robert Burns, Alred, Lord Tennyson, W.B. Yeats, and more.
5/2. A show devoted to songs of the many tales surrounding King Arthur. Listen to Maddy Prior, Loreena McKennitt, Rick Wakeman, Alan Simon, Donovan, and many more add contemporary takes on Arthurian legends.
5/9. Music of the Isles 1988 Retrospective: Listen to a great year of Celtic Music & More with Van Morrison & The Chieftains, Dougie MacLean, Clannad, Capercaillie, De Dannan, Davy Spillane, Dolores Keane, The Boys of The Lough, Lennie Gallant, Silly Sisters, Richard Thompson, Jez Lowe, Mary Black, U2, The Waterboys, The Proclaimers, Billy Bragg, Hothouse Flowers, In Tua Nua, Enya, and more. All from the great year: 1988!
5/16. Great trad tunes and folksongs, as ever. One set will spotlight the early years of Steeleye Span. Later in the show two sets will highlight Celtic women artists covering Leonard Cohen songs. Listen to treatments by The Once, Pauline Scanlon, Susan McKeown, and others.
5/23. Another week of great music, including an extended set saluting the songwriting duo of Richard Thompson & Dave Swarbrick from their early Fairport Convention days. Listen to their songs from 1970 Fairport Convention albums, as well as contemporary cuts from Celtic artists covering their classics.
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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
4/19. Nolan’s Pub, 230 Main St., Safety Harbor, 727-400-6998.
5/3&4. 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.
4/13. One for the Foxes; 7:30pm, Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden Ave. Dunedin. http://sas-dunedin.com/haggis-celtic-concerts/
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, Winter Haven. Call (863) 293-1510 for info.
SOUTH TAMPA HOUSE CONCERTS, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: Folk Song & Traditional Instrumentals– Eclectic Celtic, entertaining folk music– contemporary & classic– interspersed with some 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 The Strawbs], Psychedelic Folk [think Incredible String Band ], CeltRock [think Horslips or Toss The Feathers], New Age-Old World [think Loreena McKennitt], Celtic Choral [think Ánuna], Celtronica [think Martyn Bennett or Peatbog Faeries], Epic Celtic [think Alan Simon], Funky Folkie [think Ed Sheeran], 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], Ragin’ Pagan [think Banshee in the Kitchen], Pub Punk [think The Pogues], Chip-Shop-Hip-Hop [think Damien Dempsey], Acoustic Spin [think Talisk or Spiro], Folktronica [think Beth Orton], Anglicana [think Show of Hands], Americana [think We Banjo Three], & Nu-folk [think Damien Rice or Lisa Hannigan]:
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 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 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, Sam Kelly, 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, Talisk, 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, Ímar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Damien O’Kane, Hannah Rarity, Kelly Oliver, Claire Hastings, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Leveret, The Willows …
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, 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 Celtic Eclectic, ancient to modern!