John Sheahan is one of Ireland’s best known and loved musicians, the last surviving member of legendary band The Dubliners, and musical collaborator with players of all styles and genres. That he is also a poet of considerable accomplishment is something of an open secret. In recent years his poems have been read and performed at countless events where music and the spoken word take to the stage together. In Fiddle Dreams, his debut collection, his subjects range from childhood and family, through art and craft. But his main focus is the music that sustains him and the musicians who have played so significant a part along the way. Fiddle Dreams is that rare thing — a collection of heart-felt, light-footed verses, and a unique insight into the mind of a musician, for decades now at the heart of Irish cultural life. Fiddle Dreams is published by Deadaelous Press. Thanks to Pat Boran.
Introduced by Tony Curtis, poet and great friend of Arts Week.
“John possesses as light a touch with the pen as he does with the bow. He writes with a sense of home and worldliness, at once a gypsy spirit and a pure Dubliner.” Glen Hansard
“Wise, witty, insightful – these poems will uplift you.” Joe Duffy