LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: On the Luck of an Irish Sailor, with Author Mike Mirabella
On the Luck of an Irish Sailor is a story-song and sea tale in an illustrated book for children (4-9 years old) — and adults who enjoy Irish lore and sea chanteys. Written by singer, composer and musician, Mike Mirabella, the story fanciful, full-page illustrations by Amy O’Hanlon. The book tells of a young Irish sailor who is cast adrift in the sea, but is saved from drowning with the help of a mermaid princess and his Irish luck.
The book was inspired by the stories the author heard as a little boy during large family dinners in San Francisco. His grandfather and uncles would tell tales of fishing the waters off the coast of California. One in particular told of a scary time for a young cabin boy who was captured by pirates while working on the tall ships. The book blends in another favored story and a never-ending argument about a strange creature seen off the coast of Alaska—was it a mermaid or a merman?
Mike wrote the text of On the Luck of an Irish Sailor in his early teens, but it was some 50 years later that he developed the tale into a children’s book and recording. The score is in the book, and the recording can be found on CDBaby as a collaboration of noted SF Bay Area musicians, Jim Nunally, Erik Hoffman and featuring the noted musician and Irish singer, Shay Black.
“Papa Mike” Mirabella is an accomplished guitar player and singer-songwriter known for his children’s songs “Sister Butterfly”; “I Am So Like You”; and “I Used To Be Shy.” In his early career Mike performed with folk groups and arranged compositions and toured a choral group of young singers who performed nationally, with a special performance at the White House. In addition to his music career, Mike is a retired public school teacher, and resides with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area.