Friday 5 April 2013

Willie Clancy: Hornpipes - The Plains of Boyle, The Leitrim Fancy

"From Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Willie Clancy had a legacy of old Clare music that he learnt at first on whistle and flute from his father and mother. As an uilleann piper he was greatly influenced by the travelling piper Johnny Doran, and won first prize for uilleann piping at the 1947 Oireachtas. He went to work as a carpenter in Dublin in the early 195os and then to London, but returned to Miltown in 1957. He was frequently heard on radio and at fleádhanna ceoil, and made several commercial recordings before and after these 78s. A summer school founded in his memory in the year of his death has become internationally famous. In these pieces Clancy is playing on a set of B flat uilleann pipes made by Moloney of Co. Clare in the 19th century. He was also a singer and dancer." Posted on Youtube on the 23rd of June 2012 by muisire.

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