Liam Clancy
Irish musician
Liam Clancy
William "Liam" Clancy (Irish Liam Mac Fhlannchadha) was an Irish folk singer and actor from Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary. He was the youngest and last surviving member of performing group The Clancy Brothers. The group were regarded as Ireland's first pop stars. They recorded 55 albums, achieving global sales of millions and appearing at a sold-out Carnegie Hall, New York and the Royal Albert Hall, London.
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Christopher M. Blozen Chess Tournament Checkmates Its Fifth Year
Lacey Patch - almost 5 years
As opposed to its usual hustle and bustle, the atmosphere in the Lanoka Harbor Firehouse on Friday morning was one of quiet, serene contemplation. Dozens of area children considered their next moves silently, patiently. Such were the participants of the fifth annual Christopher M. Blozen Chess Tournament, named for a young chess prodigy who passed away of a brain tumor five years ago. The tournament is run each year by Christopher’s parents, Frank and Barbara Blozen, who are all too happy to have the event commemorate their son’s life. “It makes me so proud to see kids doing this (participating in the tournament). This means a lot to me,” Mr. Blozen said on Friday. “Christopher would be 15 years old this coming Sunday. This is a good way for kids to use their minds, and also to keep Christopher’s memory alive.” Mr. Blozen recalled his son as a “studious young boy who loved chess”, and hoped that the tournament in his memory would go on to be held each year. “We’ve received ...
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Saturday's high school roundup: Bullard-Havens, Central win in Bridgeport Baseball Classic
Greenwich Time - almost 5 years
Saturday's high school roundup: Bullard-Havens, Central win in Bridgeport Baseball Classic Angel Rosario had four hits, two RBIs and scored twice to lead Bullard-Havens to an 18-0 win over Bassick in the Bridgeport Baseball Classic at Veterans Memorial Park Saturday. Highlights: BH--Angel Rosario had four hits, including a double, with two RBIs and two runs scored. Manny Montalvo had two hits, one RBI and two runs scored. Highlights: H--Paige had one RBI. GREENS FARMS ACADEMY 000 051 x--6 7 1 Greens Farms Academy 3-6, 2-6 FAA. Papic had two hits, including a double, and struck out eight. Highlights: S--Marcello Ursini had two hits. A--Gusmano hit a one-out, two-run bases loaded single to win the game for the Spartans. Highlights: N--Wilcox had a perfect game for 5.2 innings. Evan Noonan had two hits, including a home run, and four RBIs. Allwein had three hits and scored twice. Highlights: N--Wilcox had two hits, including a three-run homer. Andy Kelley had a two-r ...
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In Focus: Kevin McCormack, a traditional Irish musican based in New York- VIDEO - Irish Central
Google News - over 5 years
I just finished reading Liam Clancy's autobiography. He tells of how he moved to New York in his early twenties and was trying to make it as an actor and singer while living in Greenwich Village. Sort of rang a few bells. And I've been getting into the
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WeHo writer changing the world - WeHo News
Google News - over 5 years
He credited following his path along the lines of Liam Clancy's lyrics, "No fear, no envy, no meanness,' which appears as his favorite quote on Facebook, with his success. “I try to live that way, yes,” he said. During his hiatus to ghostwrite the
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Digging deep for daily dinner - Irish Independent
Google News - over 5 years
THE late Liam Clancy used to sing a paean to veggie folk: "Inch by inch, row by row, going to make that garden grow/ All I need is a rake and hoe and a piece of fertile ground . . ." A senior civil servant I know has become a committed grower of
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Teleco expert who is bringing Irish films to Toronto's silver screen - Irish Times
Google News - over 5 years
Raising cash during tough economic times would be a challenge, but he and his co-organisers hit upon the idea of a fundraiser featuring The Yellow Bittern, a documentary about balladeer Liam Clancy. This year, the show finally got on the road,
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Return of the crog ... or never leave a typewriter with an Irish guy - Fox Sports Ohio
Google News - over 5 years
As I recall, the last post on Beside the Point at ohio.com dealt with a parting glass and Liam Clancy (the great Irish folk singer). Perhaps it's time to raise the welcome glass, with a most tasty dark foamy liquid … and say 'Slainte
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Bill Stains to appear on Winchester Center Green - Torrington Register Citizen
Google News - over 5 years
His songs have been recorded by many artists including Peter, Paul and Mary, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, Mason Williams, Grandpa Jones and Glen Yarborough. Winchester Center is on Route 263 from Winsted and Newfield Road from Torrington
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Your Sports: Golf - Billings Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
12 - 7:24, Parker Jones, Layne Willis, Duncan McGarrah; 7:32, Clay Cebull, Jacob Korf, Jackson Hall; 7:40, Maison Baldry, Riley Kaercher, Kaleb Loper; 7:48, Jake Bell, Colton Hudson, Logan Martin, Liam Clancy; 7:56, Samuel Berry, Barron Edward,
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Rambling Irish men and women - fleadhs, festivals and music - Irish Central
Google News - over 5 years
On Tuesday, July 12 at the Weldon House there will be a screening of the 2009 Documentary The Yellow Bittern, the bittersweet review of the life of Liam Clancy, “the last man standing,” of the fabled folk singing clan of brothers from Tipperary who
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Agenda culturală europeană - Adevărul
Google News - over 5 years
Spectacolul „Ruins True", al Teatrului Maghiar de Stat din Cluj-Napoca, ce prezintă în distribuţie dansatori de renume mondial, printre care se numără Liam Clancy, Jess Humphrey şi Yolande Snaith, va participa la Avignon Off (8 - 31 iulie)
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Ruins True avagy magyarok az Avignoni Színházi Fesztiválon - Színház.hu
Google News - over 5 years
A Samuel Beckett írásai ihlette előadást, melynek alkotói Liam Clancy, Mary Reich, Yolande Snaith, Shahrokh Yadegari és Tompa Gábor, az avignoni Théâtre des Halles színházban lesz megtekinthető. Szereplők: Liam Clancy, Mary Reich, Yolande Snaith,
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Carrick makes big song and dance about famous brothers - Irish Times
Google News - over 5 years
Liam Clancy was the last of the brothers to die, in December 2009, but their memory is kept alive by the festival in their home town. From the opening event on Thursday night at Brewery Lane Theatre to last night's concert at the Strand Theatre
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MI ALMA EMPIEZA A TEMBLAR - La Región Internacional
Google News - almost 6 years
Dice Liam Clancy : '¿Sabes como era Dylan en la época que llego al Village? Era un adolescente y lo único con que puedo compararlo es con el papel secante. Lo absorbía todo. Tenía esa curiosidad inmensa, estaba totalmente vacío y listo para aspirar
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Trojans rebound from Staples' loss - Westport-News
Google News - almost 6 years
Bobcat freshman Liam Clancy made it 8-2 off a feed from sophomore AJ Sussingham, which was the score entering the final quarter. In the fourth quarter, Weston got goals from McMahon, Scheufele and junior Jesse Laico. Bradshaw-Mack set up McMahon and
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Fermoy face tough task in IFC match - The Corkman
Google News - almost 6 years
The results of the recent Three Ball Scramble event in aid of Blackwater Day Care centre were - O/all winners Dave Daly, Liam Clancy and Patsy O'Mahony, the mixed winners were Catherine Doyle, Jim Doyle and Alan Clancy, Ladies winner were Kim Quirke,
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Spillane's rare talent touches the soul - Irish Echo
Google News - almost 6 years
There are singers like Liam Clancy who delight in exploring that magical country between the words of songs that often goes unnoticed. Just as there are writers like Nick Drake who can infuse the least amount of words with the most
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No cuckoo's squall, but I'm keeping head down - Connaught Telegraph
Google News - almost 6 years
It is interesting to think of Liam Clancy being influenced by Seosamh Ó hÉanaigh and he himself influencing Bob Dylan. I am not suggesting that 'blowing in the wind' blew all the way from Carna, but it is interesting that a style of singing that seemed
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Reford: The secret Dublin years - Irish Independent
Google News - almost 6 years
His grandfather regularly boozed with Eugene O'Neill and when Redford broke through on the American stage in 1960, it was in James Costigan's Little Moon of Alban, in which he played an IRA man alongside Liam Clancy. Roots are Redford's obsessive
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Spare Times
NYTimes - almost 6 years
Around Town Museums and Sites Brooklyn Historical Society (Friday through Thursday) ''Magnet for the Masses: When Theater Was Paramount in Brooklyn,'' a conference on the cultural importance of the Paramount Theater -- now part of the downtown Brooklyn campus of Long Island University -- will feature discussions and performances on Friday from 9
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Liam Clancy
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 73
    Clancy told The Irish Times in September 2009 that he was on his "last legs".
    More Details Hide Details He had already given his final performance, at the National Concert Hall the previous May, during which he recited the Dylan Thomas poem "And death shall have no dominion". He was unable to perform a full-length show on the final night of a two-night sold-out run but put in a 40-minute appearance nonetheless. His manager described it as "a very profound moment. He expressed his fear of dying, but he did it with great dignity".
    His final album The Wheels of Life was released in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details It included duets with Mary Black and Gemma Hayes as well as songs by Tom Paxton and Donovan. Liam was an ardent proponent of political views and often outspoken on matters of social injustice right up until his death. He criticised both Gulf Wars and the grim, harsh economic climate which gripped Ireland during his last months alive.
  • 2008
    Age 72
    In 2008 Liam performed in a filmed concert titled Liam Clancy and Friends: Live at The Bitter End which featured the last filmed performance of his friend Odetta, as well as songs from Tom Paxton, Shane MacGowan, Gemma Hayes, Eric Bibb, and Fionn Regan as well as members of Danú.
    More Details Hide Details The same director Alan Gilsenan went on to direct a full-length biography of Liam Clancy, The Yellow Bittern: The Life and Times of Liam Clancy. This was released at the 2009 Dublin Film Festival and went on to have a theatrical and DVD release in Ireland the UK. The film includes appearances by Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie, Bob Dylan, Odetta, and many others as well as much unseen archive such as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem at Newport Festival. The Irish Times praised the film and director Gilsenan who it said had "tracked down an impressive number of secondary sources, and his use of other performers' music is often inspired".
  • 2006
    Age 70
    In 2006, Clancy was profiled in a two-hour documentary titled The Legend of Liam Clancy, produced by Anna Rodgers and John Murray with Crossing the Line Films, and screened on the Irish channel RTÉ.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2007, this documentary won the award for best series at the Irish Film and Television Awards in Dublin.
  • 2005
    Age 69
    He also was in No Direction Home, the 2005 Bob Dylan documentary directed by Martin Scorsese.
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  • 2001
    Age 65
    In 2001, Liam Clancy published a memoir titled The Mountain of the Women.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1990
    Age 54
    Liam Clancy was the last surviving member of the original Clancy Brothers. Tom Clancy died on 7 November 1990, Patrick Clancy died on 11 November 1998, and Tommy Makem died on 1 August 2007.
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  • 1989
    Age 53
    With Coulter, Clancy had a top four hit single in 1989, "Home from the Sea".
    More Details Hide Details In later life, Liam maintained a solo career accompanied by musicians Paul Grant and Kevin Evans, whilst also engaging in other pursuits. He lived in Ring, County Waterford at this stage. His home in Waterford was designed by the celebrity architect, Duncan Stewart, and featured solar panels which were innovative at the time. He subsequently converted his large garage into a recording studio.
  • 1988
    Age 52
    The two played a set together and formed the group Makem and Clancy, performing in numerous concerts and recording several albums together until 1988.
    More Details Hide Details The original Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem line-up also got back together in the 1980s for a reunion tour and album. After the death of Tom Clancy in 1990, Liam sang with Paddy and Bobby Clancy and nephew Robbie O'Connell as part of The Clancy Brothers and Robbie O'Connell. He also performed alongside his Fayreweather Band and the Phil Coulter Orchestra.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 39
    In 1975, he was booked to play a festival in Cleveland, Ohio, US, where Tommy Makem was also playing.
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  • 1969
    Age 33
    Bobby Clancy, who had joined the group in 1969, died on 6 September 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Liam said of his status as the last of the brothers: "There was always a pecking order, especially when you're working with family. But they all died off, and I got to the top of the pecking order, with nobody looking over my shoulder. There's a great sense of freedom about that". After The Clancy Brothers split up, Liam had a solo career in Canada. He made several television performances on the CBC's national television variety program, The Irish Rovers Show from Vancouver. He had a hit with "The Dutchman" at this time, and he presented his own television show in Calgary, also appearing on the CBC concert series Summer Evening in 1976.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1964
    Age 28
    In 1964, thirty percent of all albums sold in Ireland were Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem records.
    More Details Hide Details Although better known for their full-length albums, the Clancy Brothers' single, "The Leaving of Liverpool" (from the album, The First Hurrah! which featured Liam in the lead, reached the number six spot on the Irish charts in 1964. Liam played the guitar in almost all the recordings of the Clancy Brothers, and he took lead vocals in many songs, including "The Wild Rover", "The Shoals of Herring", "Port Lairge", "The Juice of the Barley", "The Patriot Game", "The Gallant Forty Twa", "The Jolly Tinker", "The Nightingale", "Peggy Gordon", "Old Maid in the Garrett", and "The Parting Glass", which closed every Clancy Brothers concert.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1955
    Age 19
    During her 1955 trip to Keady, Clancy encountered Tommy Makem for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details He would later pursue Guggenheim to the United States. He referred to Greenwich Village as "the island for people escaped from repressed backgrounds". Liam Clancy began singing with his brothers, Paddy and Tom Clancy, at fund-raising events for the Cherry Lane Theatre and the Guthrie benefits. The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, began recording on Paddy Clancy's Tradition Records label in the late 1950s. Liam Clancy played guitar in addition to singing and also recorded several solo albums. They recorded their seminal The Rising of the Moon album in 1959, giving live performances in the American cities of Boston, Chicago and New York. A record-breaking sixteen-minute-long performance on American TV's The Ed Sullivan Show on 17 March 1961 launched the group into stardom. They were supposed to only play two songs but the main act cancelled at short notice. There were international tours, which included performances at Carnegie Hall (a sell-out in 1962) and the Royal Albert Hall. Their trademark attire was Aran geansaí—these were sent across the water by Mrs. Clancy for her sons to wear against the unforgiving American climate. The quartet recorded numerous albums for Columbia Records and enjoyed great success during the 1960s folk revival. Liam was a close friend of Bob Dylan when they both were going out with two sisters in New York. He performed live for United States President John F. Kennedy.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Born
    He was born at Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, Ireland on 2 September 1935.
    More Details Hide Details He was Robert Joseph Clancy and Joanna McGrath's ninth and youngest surviving child (two others died in childhood). As a child, he was known as William or Willie. He displayed an artistic disposition at an early age, while growing up in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary. The first song he learned was "The Croppy Boy". He received a Christian Brothers education before taking a job as an insurance man in Dublin. Whilst there he also took night classes at the National College of Art and Design. While still in his teens, Liam explored writing and painting, though he was particularly drawn to the theatre. In his early performing days, he began to call himself Liam rather than William or Willie. Before he was twenty years old, Liam had founded the local dramatic society now called "Brewery Lane Theatre and Arts Centre", and had produced, directed, set-directed, and starred in John Millington Synge's The Playboy of the Western World. Liam also performed at the renowned Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. He encountered Diane Hamilton Guggenheim when she came to his hometown to visit his mother, and set off on a tour of Ireland alongside her.
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