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Ireland, a bicycle, and a tin whistle

Author: David A Wilson
Publisher: Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Cycling around Ireland in search of traditional music, David Wilson follows the coastline from Presbyterian Islandmagee to Gaelic Cape Clear and back up north from Dublin to Belfast. Ireland, a Bicycle, and a Tin Whistle takes us on a journey across wild open spaces and through crowded pubs and festivals that pulse with energy and life. This is the Ireland of fiddles, harps, and flutes, butterflies on bog roads,  Read more...
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Named Person: David A Wilson; David A Wilson; David A Wilson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David A Wilson
ISBN: 0773513434 9780773513433 0773513442 9780773513440 0856405655 9780856405655
OCLC Number: 33328868
Description: 175 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Responsibility: David A. Wilson ; illustrated by Justin Palmer.

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Cycling around Ireland in search of authentic traditional music, returned exile David Wilson roams from town to town, village to village and - most importantly - from pub to pub. His travels take him  Read more...

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"Wilson writes of Ireland and its people with wit, humour, imagination, and empathy and in a style that reveals the Irish love and understanding of language." Max Ferguson, host of The Max Ferguson Read more...

 
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