Liam Clancy passed away earlier today after a long illness. Perhaps the last of a golden age of Ireland’s folk singers, we’ve spoken of Liam many times here on [IrishKC].
We’re lucky in that Clancy had time to participate the in the making of a film about his musical career - that was released earlier this year -The Yellow Bittern. I heartily recommend it to those of you interested in folk singing side of Irish music traditions, and obviously specifically the story of the Clancy Brothers themselves.
Here’s Liam singing a song I was taught in school, long before Shane MacGowan wrapped his teeth around it:
And here’s a very recent video talking, not without poignancy, about his life, about life in general, as he discusses The Yellow Bittern
More About Liam Clancy:
• Clancy Brothers: The Men Behind the Sweaters
• Tommy Makem RIP: Some Videos
• Ireland’s Finest Folk Singer: Liam Clancy or Luke Kelly?