The Lilting Sons of Country Folk
“…the lilting sons of country folk…” is a new 217 page book, which records the lives, and more importantly the existence, of the traditional musicians and singers of the mid and south Roscommon region, past and present (mid 1800s – 2000). There are detailed profiles of many of the great performers from the past, while many more are remembered by way of stories relating to their lives, and many, many more are remembered in passing. There are profiles and accounts too of the stars of today and the many young stars of the future. also contains a ballad section, with 31 ballads that originated in, or are associated with the region. There are accounts of the composers, where known, and complete backgrounds to the ballads themselves. These ballads date from as early as 1803 to the present day. contains accounts and documentation relating to music events of the past, plus an update on what’s happening today, including a guide to the best ‘sessions’ in the region. There are also dozens of photographs, most of which have never been published before. was launched by renowned flute player, Patsy Hanly, in ‘The Widow Pats’, Knockcroghery on Friday the 8th September 2000. Patsy who hails from Kilroosky, Roscommon, is one of the most respected and highly rated flute players of today. It was a great honor indeed for the author to have Patsy accept the invitation to perform the Official Launch.