In Search of the Craic: One Man's Pub Crawl Through Irish Music

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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.

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There’s nothing quite like hearing Irish music in Ireland. Not in concert halls or popular tourist taverns, but in the small pubs in remote areas where the locals gravitate for those informal sessions known as the Craic. Here, Colin Irwin undertakes a long journey into Ireland’s musical soul. He dances at the Fleadh in Listowl; chats with Bono, Sinead O’Connor, and Christy Moore; visits the spa town were farmers come searching for wives; and drinks hot toddies with the legendary Keane sisters of Galway. In Search of the Craic is a glorified pub crawl, a night out that has lasted centuries, and comes with all the color, humor, drama, and pathos you’d expect from a country of drinkers, dancers, and musicians. Colin Irwin, author of The Abba Story, also writes for MELODY MAKER, THE GUARDIAN, and THE SUNDAY TIMES.

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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