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The Last Dance

The Last Dance


Written in the style of a band biography, The Last Dance charts the rise and dramatic demise of the Playboys from Castlemartin a now forgotten showband from the heyday of the era. Along the way it explores the journey of Martin McCelland from small-town boy to songwriter and lead singer, and his complicated love affair with Hanna Hutchinson, his friend from childhood who grew to be much more. Nostalgic and written with a wry humour, The Last Dance will stay with you long after you read the final page.

Praise for The Last Dance:

‘evocative, nostalgic and written with a wry humour’ – Irish Independent

‘Evoking the lost world of the Irish showbands of the 1960s with the affectionate eye of an insider, The Last Dance is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand where Irish music has come from.’ – Niall Stokes, Hot Press


About the Author: Paul Charles is an author and agent in the music business. His previous novels include the DI Christy Kennedy mystery series. His latest novel, The Lonesome Heart is Angry is available now. He lives in London with his wife, Catherine.



Paul Charles


C-format, paperback





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Weight .614 g
Dimensions .234 × .156 × .20 mm


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