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Clean Cabbage in the Bucket and Other Tales from the Irish Music Trenches Paperback – March 7, 2012


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  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Llumina Press (March 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595269916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595269911
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,176,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Five Irish musicians and entertainers, who have been working on the road, usually solo, since the early seventies have put together this collection of personal stories about their lives. It's all here: the bars, the gigs the guitars, the audiences, and the occasional fights: the hotels, the club owners, and the oddball characters met along the way; the women, the music, and more. This is great story-telling, often hilarious, ribald, and sometimes poignant - a wild, fun ride through the world of traveling musicians. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Davison on May 26, 2011
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Irish music is rooted in the deep mythology of Western culture, and those performers who have made it a career stand apart from most other pop musicians working today. These men are lifelong professionals, world-wise, laconic and committed to an art form that has changed little in the last century. As our world goes through convulsions of changes in styles, musical fads and technological mumbo-jumbo, there is something deeply reassuring about hearing the reflections of these artists who have immersed themselves in the deeper culture of Irish music. Unsurprisingly they are intelligent men with insights and experiences that often prove fascinating. Clean Cabbage in the Buckets is not an autobiography or stuffy history of music, but is a collection of short stories from the road by five musicians -- brilliantly edited and condensed by Dennis O'Rourke. It is a chance to travel in the shoes of an Irish musician on a day-to-day basis, and to meet the men who calmly deal with the gritty reality of their jobs. After reading this book, you will be glad that there are a few left who choose to carry on this tradition, and the next time you hear an Irish song, you will listen with a renewed sense of appreciation.
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Clean Cabbage in the Bucket was co-authored by Frank Emerson, Seamus Kennedy, Robbie O'Connell and Harry O'Donoghue as well as Dennis O'Rourke. This is a wonderful book I had the good fortune of Seamus Kennedy signing following a gig he had done in February 2010 at the 18th Annual Irish Festival in Savannah, Georgia. "Dana and Andy--always keep your cabbage clean" he inscribed to myself and my husband. My husband, of good German-Irish descent and I (a proud Lithuanian-American) had come to Savannah in the fall of 2005 after meeting in Germany in the summer of 1999 and courting in the immensely popular Irish pubs in the Wiesbaden area. (I subsequently married this now retired soldier in the spring of 2000). Needless to say, we were quite enamored with Irish music and that continued on to the United States. In fact it wasn't long until we discovered Kevin Berry's Irish pub on River Street and started to enjoy the music of Harry O'Donoghue and Frank Emerson. Honestly we weren't familiar with Robbie O'Connell and Dennis O'Rourke but their stories, like the other three are just as entertaining as their music.

I began reading the book to my husband in the car while we were driving to yet another day of the Irish festival. The stories of these Irish lads are so down-to-earth, so real, so personable and often so funny. There are serious moments, of course, because their stories are about their lives. They are five VETERAN Irish musicians, singers, song-writers who have lived a myriad of experiences and were not afraid to write them down for the world to see. Their willingness to share make them even more endearing to me.
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By Don on March 10, 2014
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I've been fortunate enough to sit and talk with one of the authors and a pub owner mentioned in the book. We visit Kevin Barry's about twice a year. Our luck is with us and we typically watch and enjoy Harry perform. Harry will make time to sit and chat we us before and between sets when he can. He tells us stories that didn't make the book. We have listened to Frank as well. We were there one night with not many people in the dinning room. Frank's first words were, "Welcome to Kevin Barry's sidewalk sale. All furniture on sale." The rest of the show was just as good. When Vic is in house he is a warm but opinionated man. He too likes to share stories. We typically sit at the bar downstairs. This one day, Harry walked up to us and told us Vic is upstairs and wants us to join him for a 'sack' (a shot). So the group of us are there at he bar talked and having a really good time. We stayed awhile and then returned to our drinks downstairs. But back to the book, it really is a good read. As a collection of short tales, it is easy to read in short sittings. The tales are amusing and seem honest. I would recommend this to a friend, in fact I bought another copy to give to a friend.
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By Nancy Giovannini on January 12, 2012
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If you are a lover of Irish music and more importantly Irish entertainers, then this book is a must read. Each author tells their stories scattered throughout the book, and in his own way is witty, funny and at times serious. Of the five, I only know Seamus Kennedy, but it hardly matters if you know any of them. Their stories are universal. Read it!
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