The Road from Castlebarnagh: Growing Up in Irish Music, A Memoir by Paddy O'Brien

The Road from Castlebarnagh: Growing Up in Irish Music, A Memoir

byPaddy O'Brien

Kobo ebook | October 15, 2012

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I entered the world in 1945, the middle of the twentieth century, but my family's way of life had not changed substantially for more than a hundred years. The area around our house is still known as Castlebarnagh, which is a small townland near Daingean in northeast County Offaly, in the midlands of Ireland.

The Road from Castlebarnagh is Paddy O'Brien's lyrical account of growing up as a budding musician in County Offaly in the 1950s and 1960s.

Paddy grew up at a time when the social life of the Irish countryside often took place around the fireplace, where stories were told and music was played. In his book he writes of the many colourful characters who shaped his perception of Irish life and culture.

Showing Paddy's flair for storytelling, The Road from Castlebarnagh is the story of how a young musician absorbed his surroundings while developing his own distinctive musical style.

About the author

Paddy O'Brien ( is an Irish traditional musician and noted collector. In a musical career spanning nearly 40 years, he has collected more than 3,000 compositions – jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, and marches, including many rare and unusual tunes. He is a master of the two-row button accordion and received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Composer of the Year Award in 2012.

Title:The Road from Castlebarnagh: Growing Up in Irish Music, A MemoirFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Orpen PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1871305926

ISBN - 13:9781871305920

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