Clean Cabbage in the Bucket
and Other Tales from the Irish Music Trenches
By Frank Emerson, Seamus Kennedy, Robbie O'Connell, Harry O'Donoghue, Dennis O'Rourke

Edited by Dennis O'Rourke

Five individual Irish musicians and entertainers come together in this high-spirited collection of true stories of life on the road. It's all here; the bars, the gigs, the guitars, the audiences and the occasional fights; the hotels, club owners and the odd-ball characters met along the way; the women, the camaraderie, the music and more.

This is great story telling; an often hilarious, sometimes poignant look into the world of traveling musicians. Candid, and at times, darkly comic, it's written in the unique style of each musician. While there have been memoirs by folk artists over the years there has never been a collaborative effort such as this. This has the marvelous feel of eavesdropping on a group of musicians, backstage, exchanging stories.

These guys are the real thing, each of them years in the business and still out there performing in the “trenches.” It is an authentic, long-overdue chronicle of a wonderful way of life and an endangered art form.

Clean Cabbage
in the Bucket
414 pages with photos

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