The Songman, by Tommy Sands, Lilliput Press, €20.
Folk singer Tommy Sands' mellow, witty account of his adventures begins where he grew up, in the gossipy townland of Ryan near Newry. Here, Prods and Papists alike hoked and scraped in bad land. They were a musical, superstitious folk - five fairy thorns grew within 100 yards of the Sands' front door - who were gradually and warily accepting innovations such as running water, inside toilets,...
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