Irish Folk, Trad & Blues: A Secret History
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Four decades of great music from a small space In this anthology, two critics from Belfast, Colin Harper for trad and folk and Trevor Hodgett for the blues, recount how these genres have both spawned their own Irish artists and how similar musicians from overseas (Ornette Coleman, Muddy Waters, John Fahey, and Bob Dylan the most notable) have influenced the Irish music scene. The book concentrates on the resurgence of these genres in the mid-Sixties. Entries favor musicians first prominent during this decade. They fought for gigs when the showbands still dominated ballrooms. However, Van Morrison only is glimpsed from the perspec. Hats off to Colin Harper Paul Anderson This is a one of a kind book and we are so lucky that someone took the time to document this important and very interesting part of Irish music history. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
This fascinating history charts the struggles and triumphs of Irish folk, trad, and blues musicians before the Irish music industry, and acts like U2, existed. The main focus of the book, however, is on the influence of homegrown pioneers, from Sweeney’s Men in the 1960s to Horslips, De Danann, Anne Briggs, Rory Gallagher, and current groundbreakers like Martin Hayes. Anyone who owns even one Irish record will appreciate this book; anyone who owns a lot of Irish records will no doubt treasure it.. Forgotten heroes and latter-day legends intertwine with honorary visitors who took a bit of Ireland with them, like Bob D