This guide to Irish traditional music comprises a book, CD and a booklet which lists festivals, events, pub sessions and dance venues, as well as a directory of traditional music festivals in Ireland and overseas. The book contains a guide to the instruments, the history, the folklore and the cultural context of Irish traditional music. Written in a series of concise, informative and humorous essays, the book takes the reader from the roots and sources of the music through its historical changes and developments over the years. In particular it relates the music to the social life of Ireland. The CD contains tracks by artists as distinguished as The Chieftans, Dolores Keane and the Belfast fiddler Sean Maguire.