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3/17 Paperback – September 17, 2010
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About the Author
Mary Pat Hyland studied art and music at Syracuse University where she earned a BFA Illustration. She worked as a graphic artist/designer/art director for many years before a layoff forced her into a new field of work: journalism. She spent 15 years in the field, including several years as a syndicated web site columnist for Gannett News Service -her columns were carried in more than 90 newspapers across the U.S. and Canada (including USA Today). In late 2007, Hyland left journalism to pursue a dream she'd had for more than 20 years: novelist. A month later, the novel she'd been working on for more than a decade was published. This is the author's third novel. Her other works are "The Cyber Miracles" (2008) and its sequel, "A Sudden Gift of Fate" (2009). Hyland resides in upstate New York. Her interests include Gaeilge-the Irish language, music, dance, gardening, Finger Lakes wines and cooking.
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As an Irish Traditional Musician ,who on many 'Paddy's Day' has witnessed the 'Madness' of what '3/17' has become in the U.S., The Irish Trad.Musician is hired to 'create an authentic Irish Traditional Music Atmosphere' finds himself in battle with " The Nine Hellish Circles of American Irish revelry".
"In this modern version of Dante's Inferno", four young Trad. Musicians from Eire, in a valorous attempt at finding their way, driving from Boston to upstate New York for a 'Boonies' '3/17' Gig, find themselves waylaid in a blinding snowstorm by a " Black Galloping Glowing-Eyed Puca. Their misadventure just begins. In their horror that follows their 'Banjaxed' vehicle, what happens to The Band that descends into a hellish experience unknown or imagined by most True Denizens of EIRE.Only in American can '3/17' Exist!!!
1) Hordes of little 'Irish Step Dancers' that the Dancing School Mothers insist that the Publican permit these little monsters 'perform as part of the Paddy's Day Festivities............Horror!! They won't go away,these little pseudo-Irish Dancing Monsters. DUH, the Band was hired to play, not the little dancing Fharies!!
2)"Bobbing Shamrock Headbangers" You would have to be there to believe it. A Flying Flock of Amadans!!!
3)"Green Beer Bacchanals" A breed of 'Culchie' know only in the upstate backwoods of the Empire State.
4("Shillelagh-waving Geezers" " Aul caturs" -with one foot in the pub and the other in the 'ould sod graveyard'.Time to pack it in ,Lads!!
5)And mountains and mountains of Corned Beef, in a quantity that would sink Eire and guarantee many hours in the local pub 'Jacks'.
As you follow our Intrepid Band mates as they bounce from one Hellish misadventure to another, just trying to survive long enough as they bide their time to get the parts to have the 'Puca Banjaxed Vehicle' Repaired; play the damn gig and get out of this Green Beer, Shamrock Waving , Corned Beef Pseudo-Mick Headbangers otherworld of Hell, alive.
Mary Pat Hyland writes from the experience as a gifted writer, a sean-nos singer, a Teacher of Gaeilge, and a talented Traditional Irish Musician.As a 'comrade in Traditional Irish Music', who has 'Survived' the 'Revelry' from the other side of the '3/17' picture ,as an Irish Traditional Musician playing up on stage, I will quote " It hasn't been very pretty".
This is the first review I have ever composed of any written work,and believe me ,my Library is vast.The description of '3/17'; the Green Daft Gobshite 'Craic' is spot On, no holds-take no prisoners on what in America is '3/17'.......A Green Hued Hooley Hell. I recommend this great book to anyone who even 'TINKS' of '3/17' as just a normal day in America.
The story of four traditional musicians from Ireland who get stranded in the backwoods of upstate New York and wind up on a wild Dante's "Inferno"-type journey through America's version of St. Patrick's Day revelry, this book has everything you could ever want -- from dance parties to donnybrooks ("fights"), from druid magic to green-clad, shamrock-bobbing mayhem, from romance to zombies. The characters are wonderful, the writing is masterful, and the craic is mighty!
So, sláinte, and enjoy!!
You do not have to be Irish to love this book...St. Patrick's Day revelry is a part of all of us. Grab a corned beef sandwich & a pint & sit back for a wild ride...3/17 will get your toes tapping and your shamrock bobbers bobbing!!!
What follows is a nightmare that gets progressively worse. Missed gigs, cultural clashes - especially with those who think they understand Irish culture, and plenty of gigs from hell (none of which were those originally booked). Although almost anyone capable of laughing at Murphy gone amok should enjoy "3/17," it should especially ring true for musicians, or anyone who has observed artistic types trying to put food on the table.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**