Earthlight (UK), February 2002 (reprint)
Two old blind men sit reminiscing by the fire in a sleepy Irish village. Hugh Connor the distiller and Denis Hempson the harper are both fond of a drink, a story and a bit of mischief. So when Edward Sutler, a fervent young rebel on the run from the English, seeks refuge by their hearth, they have a captive audience. Literally.
Hugh begins the rollicking tale of Turlough O'Carolan, one of Ireland's best-loved harpers, whose intoxicating music was said to have been a gift from the King and Queen of the Faeries. And little by little, as Denis's enchanting harp-playing and Hugh's wicked home-made whiskey start to take effect, Edward finds himself seduced by the magical life of Turlough O'Carolan . not to mention the feminine wiles of the distiller's pretty grand-daughter Mhairghead.
But the young rebel had best be careful because if the English don't ensnare him, Hugh Connor's fine web of enchantment will.
A funny, joyous romp which will warm your heart as well as any fine Irish whiskey.
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