> I regretfully inform the list of the passing of Paddy Clancy of the famed
> Clancy Brothers. I am only guessing but I would imagine he would have been in
> the mid to upper 70's.
According to the "music.celtic" newsgroup, he was 76, which sounds right.
> The Clancy Brothers opened many doors for trad musicians and I might add that
> many "purists" today wouldn't have a clue to the music if it weren't for the
> Clancy's .
I heartily concur. For better or worse, many people (myself included) became
interested in Irish music through the Clancy Brothers. As my poor befuddled
neighbors would be only too glad to have told you (had you asked at the
time), that weird 8-year old boy wandering down the street singing Irish
songs at the top of his lungs (most of which he didn't understand) became
enamored of Irish music through the (baneful?) influence of the Clancys.
Later on, of course, I learned they were not totally trad and certainly not
pure, but because of them I entered into the world of Irish music with such
a passion that I HAD to explore its vast riches; riches that would have been
lost to me otherwise. Please God, one of the first sights I hope to see if I
make Heaven is to see "The Lads," and have the opportunity to thank them for
what they did for me.
> May the Lord have mercy on the soul of Paddy Clancy and all the other singers
> and musicians who have gone before in the tradition of our Irish Heritage.
> Jim C
Amen, Jim, and Thanks!
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