THE CHIEFTAINS, the authorized biography
Veteran music and showbusiness journalist John Glatt tells the story of one of Ireland’s greatest international musical ambassadors, the legendary Chieftains. Based on exclusive and extensive interviews with all the band’s members, their families and friends, and with many of the international superstars who recorded with them, this is an intimate — albeit authorized — history, capturing the struggles and successes of this extraordinary group of musicians. Da Capo Press ([email protected]). 330 pp. $16.
44: DUBLIN MADE ME
In this memoir, Peter Sheridan, one of the best-known figures in contemporary Irish theater, a man who has directed at the Irish Arts Center and at the Irish Repertory Theater in New York, traces his love for the theater and the experiences that shaped him back to the small but comfortable house near the Liffey, in Dublin, where he was raised. In 1960, when he was 10, everything he knew and wanted could be found somewhere in the space between 44 Seville Place, St. Laurence O’Toole’s School, Mattie’s sweet shop and the Dublin train station, where his father sold tickets. Penguin Books. 288 pp. $12.95.
THERE WAS A MAID
Dolores Keane with the Reel Union with Peadar Mercier and Máirtín Byrnes
Dolores Keane comes from a musical Galway family revered by traditional musicians in Ireland. This album includes songs "The Generous Lover," "The Bantry Girl’s Lament," "Tá mo Chleamhnas Déanta," "Johnny and Molly," "Lament for Owen Roe O’Neill," "Seven Yellow Gypsies," "There was a Maid in Her Father’s Garden," and "The Bonnie Bunch of Roses O," as well as "Lord Gordon’s Reel" and "The Laurel Bush," "The Shaskeen Reel," "Tommy Coen’s Reel," "The Carraroe Jig" and "Whelan’s Jig." From Claddagh Records.