Monday, December 07, 2009

R.I.P. Liam Clancy - 1935 - 2009

Folk legend Liam Clancy passed away on Friday, Dec. 4, and was burried today in Ireland. He was the youngest and last surviving member of the singing Clancy Brothers that made their mark in the Greenwich Village folk scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They became nationally known after an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1961.

Liam had a long and successful career both with his brothers and as a solo artist, and as a duo with Tommy Makem. He is regarded as one of the greatest balladeers of all-time. Below is an example, in this clip of Makem & Clancy performing "The Dutchman":

In 2008, he recorded a live performance at NYC's The Bitter End, aptly titled: Liam Clancy and Friends, Live at The Bitter End. It featured performances with Odetta, Tom Paxton, Shane MacGowan, Gemma Hayes and others.

Photo credit: Wikipedia

The Bitter End
147 Bleecker St. (between Thompson St. & LaGuardia Pl.)
New York, NY
(212) 673-7030

Liam Clancy (official site)
Liam Clancy (NY Times Obituary)

His influence on Bob Dylan is documented here:

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