Colin Irwin (journalist)

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Colin Irwin is a British music journalist. Irwin was an assistant editor of Melody Maker in the 1970s and 1980s, before leaving in the summer of 1987 as the magazine moved in a different direction, and editor of Number One magazine in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His book In Search of the Craic details a comic journey around Ireland seeking out pub music sessions and became a best-seller in Ireland. Subsequent books were In Search Of Albion, a similarly light-hearted journey around English traditions and rituals and Sing When You're Winning, about the history and culture of terrace songs at football matches. He's also reviewed music for The Guardian, Mojo,[1] The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, fRoots and Spiral Earth[2] and has been a Mercury Music Prize judge. He reviews mainly singer-songwriters, folk rock, Celtic and traditional folk albums. He has also presented music programmes on BBC Radio 2. His play The Corridor has been performed in Surrey and Yorkshire.


  • Dire Straits (1994)
  • Abba: the Name of the Game (by Andrew Loog Oldham, Tony Calder and Colin Irwin) (1995)
  • The Rough Guide to World Music (contributor)
  • In Search of the Craic: One Man's Pub Crawl Through Irish Music (2004)
  • In Search of Albion: From Cornwall to Cumbria – A Ride Through England's Hidden Soul (2005)
  • Sing When You're Winning: Search for the Soul of Football (2006)
  • Legendary Sessions: Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (2007)
  • Neil Young: A Life In Pictures (2012)

Albums compiled by Colin Irwin[edit]

  • The Very Best of Celtic (Various artists) (2004)


  1. ^ "US musicians rally round the flag". BBC. 2 April 2003. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Colin Irwin Column". Spiral Earth. Retrieved 8 July 2014.