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Waking Up In Dublin: A Musical Tour of the Celtic Capital [Kindle Edition]

Neil Hegarty
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Book Description

In Waking Up In Dublin, Neil Hegarty takes readers on a personal tour of Dublin's multifaceted music scene, talking to performers and promoters in areas as diverse as modern rock, traditional folk, classical, avant-garde, jazz, cabaret and choral music. Candid and insightful interviews with leading industry figures like Glen Hansard of The Frames, folk musician Cormac Breatnach, cabaret singer Camille O'Sullivan and Horslips legend Barry Devlin are mixed with essential travel information for music fans.

  • Full-colour maps of the city centre and larger Dublin area
  • 'Top 5' lists, with maps, of live venues for rock, traditional folk, classical, jazz and more
  • 'Essential Dublin Discs,' as provided by the musicians themselves
  • Mini-bios on bands like The Frames, Planxty, and The Crash Ensemble
  • Over fifty black and white photos

Whether you're visiting Dublin or a native to the city, Waking Up In Dublin will help you discover countless Irish musical treats – and understand why this city continues to influence music around the world.

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Ireland's music has known few better times, with bands like U2 and the Pogues adopting a global yet somehow parochial presence. But there's more to the country than multimedia stage shows and stumbling drunkards with bad teeth. Mic Moroney, longtime Dublin resident and music journalist for "The Irish Times", is no stranger to the Celtic capital, and in "Waking Up In Dublin", he takes the reader on a walk around his city to discover its musical heritage, unearthing authentic folk music in local bars, braving the clubs on the legendary Temple Street and even visiting the recording studio where U2 cut their first album. Aimed at all lovers of Gaelic culture and music, this is an insider's guide to the cultural underbelly of this famous city.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2257 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bobcat Books; illustrated edition edition (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860745911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860745911
  • ASIN: B0042FZVUI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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NEIL HEGARTY was born in Derry. He studied English at Trinity College Dublin, receiving his PhD in 1998 - and has since written short fiction, non-fiction, radio drama and journalism. His books include DUBLIN: A VIEW FROM THE GROUND, a cultural history of the Irish capital over a thousand years; THE STORY OF IRELAND, written to accompany the groundbreaking BBC-RTE television history of the same name; and most recently THE SECRET HISTORY OF OUR STREETS, which accompanied a BBC season of programming on London. His latest book is FROST: THAT WAS THE LIFE THAT WAS, a landmark biography of the television interviewer and satirist David Frost. Neil lives in Dublin; and his web site is

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book made me homesick 20 Oct. 2004
By A Customer
After feeling disillusioned and not a little disgusted at the rampant consumerism and super-pubbery that accompanied Dublin's glory boom days, I left and never felt a twinge of remorse. Until reading this book. Almost incidentally, the writer manages to capture the musical heart and soul of the city. All the old cultural cornerstones are here - Whelans, the old Marx Bros, Bewley's disgusting coffee, the Baggott Inn..and some new ones too, a music venue called The Village, a swish Italian hot chocolate cafe and - Hallelujah! - a Northside gospel choir belting out Sting numbers. I want to go back and join in!
The book runs the gamut of where to go and what to listen to, from good ol' Dub rock to trad, classical, jazz, campanology (bet you didn't know that St Patrick's Cathedral has the largest number of bells in the world) and some unfamiliar territory to me, eg, the cabaret scene, which seems to be one woman's brave attempts at foisting this particular brand of European avant garde-ism on an unreconstructed Irish audience. Good luck to her.
I love the way the writer ambles around town meeting the movers and shakers of the scene over what seems to be an endless series of coffees, teas, hot chocs and pints. He's not a 'muso' which makes the book accessible and also free of the bitchiness and cronyism that often comes with insider writing.
But for me the winner was the author's intimate and often tormented relationship with the vibrancy, the grime, the crime, the crass plastic surgery of many of the older areas, the conflicts and contradictions and of course the cursed weather - that is 21st century Dublin. I remember well the secret places he mentions, the hidden gardens and that religiously quiet city cemetery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A personal tour... 17 Oct. 2004
By A Customer
With Hegarty's book 'Waking Up in Dublin' the reader feels as if they have their own personal guide to show them the hidden delights of this musical capital. Better known for its hen nights and stag dos, the author gives a fresh and exciting feel to the city by taking us on a voyage of discovery. He strikes just the right tone with an intimate feel to the narrative without being cloyingly false. His sense of humour is subtle and dry and shone through in the book; whether he's talking about the best place to get a cup of tea or simply describing overcoming the hurdles of Dublin's transport, he never fails to raise a smile. But Hegarty doesn't let us forget what the book is about and his passion for digging out the most interesting and genuine of Gaelic harmony experiences gives the reader real inspiration to visit some of the places he describes - from the exalting sounds of the Dublin Gospel Choir at St Francis Xavier Church to a bit or real trad at the Cobblestone in Smithfield. Don't miss it!
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