In Search of the Craic: One Man's Pub Crawl Through Irish Music Paperback – 1 Jul 2004
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'It's often said that performers in Ireland 'have the music'; Irwin has the words, and he uses them beautifully throughout.' -- Record Collector, December 2004 issue
About the Author
Colin Irwin has been writing about music for over 25 years for publications as diverse as Melody Moker, the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times. He's been a tv and radio presenter for BBC2 and BBC Radio 2 presenting 'Acoustic Roots'. Previous publications include The Abba Storv and Dire Straits.
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Top Customer Reviews
Colin Irwin has so many funny and sometimes poignant anecdotes to tell. He obviuosly has an infinity with the country and its people and this comes across very well in this book.
This is certainly one of the best books I've read this year. Recommended!!
Irritating mistakes also detract - misnaming Shane MacGowan's "Broad Majestic Shannon" as "Wild Majestic Shannon", and the persistent misspelling of Ciaran Bourke's name are just two grating errors that should have been ironed out during the editing process. There is however much terrific information about the music of Ireland. Colin is a great music writer - did the publisher only agree to publish this book if there were jokes in it after the success of Pete McCarthy's and Tony Hawks' offerings?
Comic travel writing is a rare skill with which Colin Irwin has not been blessed. If he'd presented a more serious journey through Irish music it would have worked far better (cf: Ciaran Carson's "Last Night's Fun"): there is much humour in the music and musicians that would have shone through anyway. Here they are lost among tortuous jokes and half-regurgitated interviews from up to twenty years earlier.
But hey, that's just my opinion. And I still finished reading the book - if it had been *really* bad I'd have given up...
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Found story interesting at times only because names of places bought back my own memories of visiting them. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2013 by irish brewer
If you ever have a hankering to take a trip to Ireland, avoid Dublin and follow the route taken by the author. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2011 by Eamonn