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In Search of the Craic
In Search of the Craic

In Search of the Craic

One Man's Pub Crawl Through Irish Music


248 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Cloth, $30.00 (US $30.00)

Publication Date: September 2003

ISBN 9780233000046

Rights: US

Carlton Publishing Group (Sep 2003)
Andre Deutsch

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There's nothing quite like hearing Irish music in Ireland. Not on big concert halls or grand arenas, but in the small pubs in remote areas where the locals habitually gravitate for those informal sessions that invariably develop into a serious social occasion universally known as the craic. For those who play it, it's not a style of music, but a way of life, producing its own culture and characters. After 25 years visiting Ireland both as a music writer and a tourist, Colin Irwin goes in search of the craic. He talks to some of the leading Irish musicians like Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Paddy Moloney, Martin Hayes, Andy Irvine, Cara Dillon, Paul Brady and Frankie Gavin about their experiences and they direct him to places where the craic is mightiest. This is the story of his journey into Ireland's musical soul and the extraordinary characters he meets along the way.