Kerry author and musician Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé died in 2013. He was and remains one of the best known Irish language writers, his autobiographical work ‘A Thig Ná Tit Orm’ familiar to many from the Leaving Cert Irish exam.
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Born in 1942, he moved to England in the 50s and later settled in the US; the book provides insights from his time in the UK and in Chicago, where he spent ten years.
Maidhc was also a highly accomplished musician. He played for all of his life, whether living at home in County Kerry or in the United Kingdom or United States as a young man, and made fantastic recordings featuring traditional song and music from West Kerry.
This is the story of a young boy growing up in the West Kerry Gaeltacht in the 1940s and 1950s. It describes the fun and games of his schooldays, his accordion playing for céilís as a teenager, his emigration to London unknown to his parents, his meeting up with his brother and working there, his further emigration to Chicago and his marriage and eventual return to Ireland.
Maidhc Dainín describes how the musicians he played with in Chicago lost their hearts and minds in the music. He describes piano playing, accordion playing and fiddle playing and the music (and the craic!) is resonant from his descriptions. Maidhc Dainín's Irish is colloquial, conversational and without any airs and graces.