Fiction/Novels that Feature Trad and/or Sessions
Wanted to start a new thread on this topic. Originally discussed 9 years ago here: https://thesession.org/discussions/24095
Here’s a list of notable works compiled from the previous discussion. Anybody have more to add?
* Last Night’s Fun by Ciaran Carson. A wonderful poetic book (not fiction per se, more a memoir) on a number of topics related to trad music, even the Ulster fry. See my review here: http://chiefoneill.com/last-nights-fun
* The Good Servants by Johnny Brennan. Unfortunately seems to be out of print but available online here: https://www.smashwords.com/extreader/read/385941/1/the-good-servants. A humorous look at the lives of session players in Dublin.
* In Search of the Craic by Colin Irwin - Also not fiction but an account of the author’s pilgrimage to holy spots of Irish music such as Milltown Malbay. He also meets iconic musicians/singers like Christy Moore along the way. https://www.amazon.ca/Search-Craic-Crawl-Through-Irish/dp/0233002944
* The Bodhran Makers by John B. Keane - John B. is always good and this one is on my to-read list. Set in 1950s County Kerry with a controlling priest trying to quench the tradition of wren boys and their music. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/896054.The_Bodhran_Makers
* Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy. It really is a classic, being one of Hardy’s early works. Very pastoral and not nearly as depressing as his later books. The scenes with the church musicians are lovely. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/825901.Under_the_Greenwood_Tree
* The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. This is a fantasy work which may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It is beautifully written, however, and the main character’s relationship to music and playing in a local tavern will resonate with anyone who enjoys ITM and a session. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/186074.The_Name_of_the_Wind
* Chief O’Neill by Ronan O’Driscoll. Yet to be published novel on the life of Francis O’Neill. He was the Chicago Chief of Police who saved Irish Music. His life was a fascinating one with many wonderful facets mostly forgotten today (he was shipwrecked in the middle of the Pacific!). It was a pleasure for me to research and write about. See http://chiefoneill.com/the-book for further details.