This delightfully eclectic book brings together in one fascinating volume bits of knowledge, history, insights and colour from a huge – and wide variety of original sources which would not be easily or casually accessible elsewhere. The information compiled here would take, as it has the author, a significant investment of time, energy and the odd bit of serendipity.
Assembled between these covers is research from original sources ranging from private letters, decades of news clippings, concert programme notes, radio broadcasts, a brace of biographies and obscure monographs.
Included also are distillations from dense and dusty tomes, critical analyses and insights gleaned from other sources, many out of print, which cast oblique light on the context and society in which Irish classical composers lived and worked.
Sunlight & Shadow, the product of a life-long passionate quest, provides a far greater wealth of information than could have ever been found on CD and album covers in the pre-soundbite days, or in the notes that accompany “Best of…” compilations or single-item digital downloads from overwhelmingly massive collections. It enthusiastically achieves its heartfelt aim of increasing awareness and enjoyment for listeners willing to venture into an expanded world of Irish music.