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Erin Hart & Paddy O’Brien

Erin Hart & Paddy O’Brien

Date, Location

    An Intimate Evening of Irish Music and Storytelling

    Join us for an intimate evening of music and storytelling with awardwinning Irish duo, author Erin Hart and her husband, renowned Irish traditional musician Paddy O’Brien. This unique event will take place at O’Duffy’s Pub, located at the corner of West Vine and Locust streets in the historic Vine Neighborhood.

    About the Authors

    Erin Hart


    Erin Hart writes archaeological crime novels set in the mysterious boglands of Ireland. Before a wayward detour into crime fiction, she worked as an arts administrator, editor, copywriter, journalist and theater critic. Her debut novel, Haunted Ground (Scribner, 2003) won the Friends of American Writers award and Romantic Times' Best First Mystery, was shortlisted for Anthony and Agatha awards, and was named by Book-Of-The-Month Club and Booklist as one of the best crime novels of 2003. Lake of Sorrows (Scribner, 2004) was shortlisted for a Minnesota Book Award, and False Mermaid (Scribner, 2010) was named by Booklist as one of the Top Ten Crime Novels of 2010. Her latest, The Book of Killowen, was published by Scribner in March 2013. Erin lives in Saint Paul with her husband, Irish button accordion player Paddy O’Brien, with whom she frequently travels to Ireland, to carry out essential research in bogs and cow pastures and castles and pubs. (

    Paddy O’Brien


    Paddy O’Brien is an Irish traditional musician and noted tune collector. The Road from Castlebarnagh is his first book. In a musical career spanning more than 50 years, he has collected more than 3,000 compositions—jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, and marches, including many rare and unusual tunes. His encyclopedic knowledge of tunes is legendary. Since 1995, he has recorded and made available to learners 1,000 traditional tunes from his repertoire in Volumes One and Two of The Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection: A Personal Treasury of Irish Traditional Music. He is currently at work on Volume Three of the collection, which will comprise another 500 tunes. Paddy is also a master of the two-row button accordion and received one of Ireland’s highest musical honors, the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Composer of the Year Award in 2012. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the United States with his wife, mystery novelist Erin Hart, and frequently returns to Ireland. (

    Erin Hart & Paddy O'Brien Duo

    Erin Hart & Paddy O’Brien are an accomplished creative duo, having received accolades from around the world for their writing and music. Erin’s atmospheric and literary crime novels set in the bogs of Ireland (Haunted Ground, Lake of Sorrows, False Mermaid, and The Book of Killowen), have won critical praise, earned a Friends of American Writers Award, been shortlisted for the mystery world’s prestigious Anthony and Agatha awards, as well as the Minnesota Book Award, and have been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paddy has won international acclaim for his amazing repertoire and artistry on the two-row button accordion, and in 2013 was named Ireland’s Traditional Composer of the Year at the Gradam Ceoil Irish Music Awards. His memoir about growing up in rural Ireland, The Road from Castlebarnagh, has received glowing reviews in Ireland and around the globe.