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Posted 05 December 2009 - 11:58 AM

Liam Clancy, Last of the Folk Group, Dies at 74

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Liam Clancy, an Irish troubadour and the last surviving member of the singing Clancy Brothers, who found fame in the United States and helped spread the popularity of Irish folk music around the world, died on Thursday in Cork, Ireland. He was 74.

His death was announced by his family and reported on the Web site www.liamclancy.com. He had been treated for pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease, The Associated Press reported.

Wearing white Aran sweaters, the Clancy Brothers, joined by a fellow Irishman, Tommy Makem, won fans with musicality, sentimentality and irreverence, not unlike the Smothers Brothers a few years later, though without their penchant for patter.

Both authentic Irish and expatriate Irish, they were cultural crossovers, and, for a while, celebrities. When they were criticized, it was as the epitome of staged Irishness, as a documentary about Liam Clancy put it.

Mr. Clancy played guitar, sang in a bell-clear baritone, wore a friendly, slightly roguish expression and exuded a humorous world-weariness that made him beloved by his countrymen as quintessentially Irish. But he and his musical clan made their name in America....
The first concert I ever attended with friends instead of parents was The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.  My Campfire Girls troupe all went with our very Irish-American leader, who got us backstage.  I told Paddy he was my favorite, and he gave me a big, alcohol-fueled kiss.    :lol:  

I still have their songbook.  Gotta go cry now.  

Rest in peace.
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Posted 05 December 2009 - 08:46 PM

Irish Folk Icon Liam Clancy Dies

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December 4, 2009 - Bob Dylan once called Liam Clancy "the best ballad singer I've ever heard."

Clancy died Friday at a hospital in County Cork, Ireland. He was 74.

It was in New York City that he made his name as a singer in a group with two of his brothers, Tommy and Paddy, and another singer named Tommy Makem.

The Clancy brothers and Tommy Makem were all aspiring actors who sang for fun at the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village. When John Kennedy became president, things Irish became fascinating, and in 1961, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem were booked onto the hugely popular Ed Sullivan Show to sing one song. Then another act canceled and the Irish musicians found themselves performing on national television for more than 10 minutes....
That was a great show.    :)  

The Clancy Brothers And Tommy Makem Perform "Whistling Gypsy Rover" On PBS, 1962
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