On the Luck of an Irish Sailor
by Mike Mirabella


The Children’s Book

     Mermaid Pam, Pirate Amy, and Sailor Mike

On The Luck of an Irish Sailor is a story of fantasy, concerning a young cabin boy who is rescued from drowning by a mermaid. It is told in the voice of the boy, now an old man. Sailor springs from the imagination of a young, then 15-year-old Mike Mirabella, inspired by the tall tales he heard as a small child from his seafaring grandfather and uncles. Sailor is written as a children’s story-song and illustrated by Amy O’Hanlon, a brilliant and talented illustrator whose art perfectly captures the whimsy and humor of Mike’s text. On The Luck Of An Irish Sailor is a book appropriate for any age level and promises to put a smile on the faces of everyone!


The Music

Musical score for "On the Luck of an Irish Sailor"

On The Luck Of An Irish Sailor is a story-song written by Mike Mirabella, recorded with the voice of legendary Shay Black, the eldest of Ireland’s renowned Black Family. Shay is the voice that Mike heard in his mind when writing the text more than 50 years ago. The melody of Sailor is an infusion of Mike’s vision, the creative efforts of the master musician and teacher Erik Hoffman, and recognizable riffs of traditional Irish Folk music. On The Luck Of An Irish Sailor was recorded with authentic Irish folk instruments and was co-produced with Mike by twice Grammy Award certificated winner Jim Nunally, at Nunally’s recording studio in Crockett CA.


Recent Events!

Bay Area Kids’ Book Fair at Acalanes High School in Lafayette on Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Musical Sing-a-long and Storytime
1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. 

Lafayette, California

 

Bay Area Kids’ Book Fair at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Musical Sing-a-long and Storytime
1279 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Rd. 

Sunnyvale, California

 

Barnes & Noble in Corte Madera, California at Corte Madera Town Center’s Afternoon at the Center event on Saturday, October 7th, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Children’s Musical Sing-a-long and Storytime Event!
313 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, California 94925
Phone: 415.927.9016

Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland on Friday, August 25, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
PJ Party Event!
5433 College Avenue

Oakland, CA 94618
Phone: 510.653.9965

Barnes & Noble in Corte Madera, California on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Children’s Musical Storytime Event!
313 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, California 94925
Phone: 415.927.9016

Barnes & Noble in Reno, Nevada on Sunday, July 16, 2017, from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Children’s Storytime Event!
5555 South Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: 775.826.8882

Village Toys Heavenly Valley/South Lake Tahoe on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Children’s Storytime Event!

1001 Heavenly Village Way #39
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: 530.541.6600

Village Toys Incline Village/North Lake Tahoe & Susie Scoops Ice Cream on Friday, July 14, 2017, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Children’s Storytime Event!

869 Tahoe Blvd.
Incline Village, NV 89451
Phone: 775.831.8181

Barnes & Noble in Antioch, California on Monday, July 10, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Music Time Event!
Slatten Ranch Shopping Center

5709 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531
Phone: 925.978.1031

Sailor Mike and Mermaid Pam at Barnes & Noble Hillsdale-San Mateo store

Barnes & Noble in San Mateo, California on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Children’s Storytime Event!
Hillsdale Shopping Center

11 West Hillsdale Blvd. 
San Mateo, CA 94403
650.341.5560

Event Video:

Papa Mikes Music – Barnes & Noble Hillsdale – San Mateo 6-17-2017

 

 

 

Emily and Mermaid Pam at Barnes & Noble Corte Madera store

Barnes & Noble in Corte Madera, California on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Children’s Storytime Event!
313 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, California 94925
Phone: 415.927.9016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebekah and Mike at Barnes & Noble Santa Rosa.

Barnes & Noble in Santa Rosa, California on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. During the Santa Rosa Farmer’s Market!
700 4th Street in 
Santa Rosa, California 95404
Phone: 707.576.7494

 

 

 

 

Mike and Pam Mirabella entertain the families and children at the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley!

Berkeley Book Festival in Downtown Berkeley, California on Sunday, June 4, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Corner of Milvia St. and Allston Way, Booth #426, Family Activity Zone at the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California

www.bayareabookfest.org

Click here for the treasure map flyer and find Mike at the event:
On The Luck of an Irish Sailor by Mike Mirabella Berkeley Bay Area Book Festival June 4, 2017

Event Video:
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Astrid Talbott from Barnes & Noble, and Mike Mirabella at the Dallas, Texas store, Preston Royal Shopping Center on May 20, 2017.

 Barnes & Noble in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Children’s Storytime Event!
Preston Royal Shopping Center

5959 Royal Lane Ste. 616
Dallas, Texas 75230
Phone: 214.363.0924
Event Video:
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Upcoming Events!

Mike Mirabella is bringing his music and song–and his book, On the Luck of an Irish Sailor, to meet and greet young readers, their families, and friends at the following locations and free events. On occasion, the illustrator, Amy O’Hanlon is available to meet and greet. You won’t want to miss the memorable entertainment, this isn’t an ordinary author reading


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It’s beautifully illustrated by Amy O’Hanlon. Get your copy today …

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Click for the music

Lively and full of traditional Irish folk riffs. Get the music …


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Check out more recent events in San Francisco, on February 13th, 19th, and March 5th on our News and Events page here.


To contact Mike Mirabella, send email to: Mike@PapaMikesMusic.com
For book events, retail stores, music events, and press, bookings, please contact:

Dawn Marie Carlson
Marketing and Business Consultant
Dawn to Dusk Enterprises.com
707.559.5651 or cell 415.246.1287
Dawn_Marie_Carlson@hotmail.com