John Sheahan is one of Ireland’s best known musicians, the last surviving member of legendary band The Dubliners, and musical collaborator with players of all styles and genres.
That he is also a poet of considerable accomplishment is something of an open secret; in recent years his poems have been read and performed at countless events where music and the spoken word take to the stage together.
In Fiddle Dreams, his debut collection of poems, his subjects range from childhood and family, through art and craft. But his main focus is the music that sustains him and the musicians who have played so significant a part along the way.
Fiddle Dreams is that rare thing — a collection of heart-felt, light-footed verses, and a unique insight into the mind of a musician, for decades now at the heart of Irish cultural life.