Books about Irish Music
Books have been mentioned in different threads in the past. The last one was “Between the Jigs and Reels” in the “Nine Points of Roguery” thread. So, what books did you really enjoy? Do you think there are any “must reads”? I enjoyed Ciaran Carson’s “Last Night’s Fun” although I expected something else when I bought it. It isn’t a guide to irish music, the music is just there all the time. Whereas “the field guide to Irish Music” tells you everything about the music you need and needn’t know. That book really reminded me of people I met who know everything about irish music because they read it in a book. It could have been this book. I’m not sure if that is a good description but maybe you met this kind of people. They are always following some rules (which isn’t bad as such) and never seem to have fun.
Anyway, back to the books: My all time favourite is “the Bodhran Makers” by John B. Keane. It is not a book about irish music but the way he describes the music is just brilliant. What else is there that I don’t know about?