Quite frankly, my books are in a mess. When this site was started in the beginning of 1997, only my source song books were listed. As time has passed and the recorder webpages started to develop, more and more books, particularly for composers, have come in. Initially only books that were in my personal library and which I could vouch for were mentioned but due to the fact that most of my books, as indeed myself, are out-of-print and as such my mentioning of these sources is not of much assistance to people trying to find such books today. The purpose of this webpage is to tie everything regarding books together and to try to explain the mad logic behind it. (Blame it on the corned-beef and beer!) Oh, and before I start, books that can be found in my personal library are marked bold and black.
The word library in these webpages initially signified personal possession. This definition is now extended to include works relevant to this whole website (i.e. my lifetime repertoire of folk and recorder music) or to put it another way, if someone felt disposed to make a present of the named books then be assured, they'd have made a life-long friend.
The library has three main categories namely:
Books in the library are give a pretty full description as to content, ISBN number, publisher, author and as often or not, personal and detailed anecdotes and reviews. Surfers to these pages are invited to send their own
Book Review, which if considered fit will the be added to the anecdotes and reviews.
- Song Books which are subdivided into
- Music books which are further sub-divided into
Brass Music Books ,
Ceilidh Books ,
Books on Composers,
Books on Performers ,
Music Reference Books and a selection of
General Reference Books which comprise presently language dictionaries as well as
American Reference Books ,
Australian Reference Books ,
Canadian Reference Books ,
Chinese Reference Books ,
English Reference Books ,
French Reference Books ,
German Reference Books,
Irish Reference Books ,
Maritime Reference Books ,
New Zealand Reference Books,
Norwegian Reference Books,
Pub Reference Books ,
Scottish Reference Books , and
Welsh Reference Books. This section will be greatly increased as the site develops.