The words of the people in the songs of the Irish nation, represent a unique, vivid and accessible insight into the story of Ireland, giving voice to the views of a people often denied all other means of expression and dissent. Painstakingly researched, creatively written and recorded, more than six years in the making, Irish Ways is the first audio release of its kind that tells the story of the Irish people through the songs and poetry of Ireland. This unique collection is written and performed by internationally acclaimed Irish performer Ron Kavana. The son of an Irish father and an American mother, Ron Kavana was born in the County Cork village of Fermoy in the Southwest of Ireland, and resides in County Cork today. An established figure on the cutting edge of contemporary Celtic and British music for more than three decades, Kavana's musicianship and songwriting have brought him together with such influential artists as Alexis Korner, Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, Jack Bruce, Donovan, the Chieftains, Elvis Costello, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Doug Sahm, Richard Thompson, and the late Sandy Dennybut he is perhaps best known to audiences for his many collaborations and appearances with The Pogues. 5 hours of songs, poetry and narration in a 4CD digi-book style set. Features all new recordings and arrangements of traditional works and new material. Includes performances from Ron Kavana's Alias Acoustic Band, Shane MacGowan, Paddy Keenan, Brian McNeill, Terry Woods, Mick Flynn and Niamh Parsons.