RUBY ROOM, Castlebar, Co. Mayo Ireland
TF ROYAL HOTEL
Tuesday 26th October 2010, 8pm
"FROM THE PLAIN OF THE YEW TREE"
The Lifetime Journey of a County Mayo Musician
Foreword by Christy Moore.
This is the story of County Mayo singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and teacher John Hoban. From the Plain of the Yew Tree takes the reader on a journey through music and time across the five continents. The author invites us to join him on his rambles through Ireland, London, Australia, America and many other places, meeting, listening to, and playing with every kind of ‘musicianer’. Poets, artists, writers, mystics and people from every walk of life are traveling on this mystery train with John Hoban as he unravels his life memories and explores his deep relationship of trust and belief in music. Music has been his guide and his constant companion through good times, bad times and other times. Music has been survival itself for John. This tale presents us with the tapestry of a life lived through music, providing us with a rare insight into the life of a modern-day Troubadour. This is a unique tale told in an unmistakably West of Ireland voice. A story told with humour, sensitivity and devotion.
"John interprets the events happening around him and puts them in an emotional or sensitive context that has given him a wide body of very personal material. The well travelled troubadour has hit five continents at least and found something to write about in each but the Irish connections stand out…..you can witness his homage to a life on the road and the people and places that inhabit his songs. You soon realize that very little is wasted or unobserved. He lives in the music that he creates in his inimitable style that is hard to categorize beyond the realm of folk music." Paul Keating, The Irish Voice.
*John will also be launching his new CD called "Episodes" on the night.