Doolin is a unique book about the place, its people and culture. Beautifully written, this collection of essays and conversations features local tradition-bearers who were renowned for their music, songs, dance and storytelling. Folk art and traditions run through the book, which has chapters on the music of the Russell Brothers and the Killougherys; reminiscences of the last Doolin native Irish speaker, Paddy Pharaic Mhichil Shannon; the gentle art of storytelling with Stiofáin Uí Ealaoire, Seán Ó Carún and others. Also featured are Botious MacClancy and Francis MacNamara, local gentry who made Doolin famous in the 16th and 20th centuries.

Doolin is illustrated with photographs, music, songs, maps and journal excerpts. It is an essential work for anyone wishing to know the background of this magical place.

Eddie Stack grew up in neighbouring Ennistymon, County Clare. He played music and collected tunes, folklore, songs and stories from Doolin tradition-bearers between 1969 and 1985. He is the author of four collections of short stories, a novel and three novellas. The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Observer and other flagship publications have lauded his work. Eddie taught at UC Berkeley, California, before his untimely death in 2016.

 

Condition: New. Published in 2015.

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