The Parting Glass – A 10th anniversary celebration of Liam Clancy
July 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm IST
One of the highlights of Clonmel Junction Arts Festival was Liam Clancy’s 2006 concert with Odetta and, on the 10th anniversary of his passing, his son and collaborator Dónal will perform his father’s music in a special solo performance by the gifted singer and guitarist.
Dónal Clancy is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest guitarists. Dónal’s latest album On the Lonesome Plain features a mix of seven vocal tracks and six guitar instrumentals, including two of his own compositions A Strike for Victory commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising and an instrumental piece entitled Máirseáil na Conrach, preceded by The Green Fields of Canada, this is a particular highlight and showcases Donal’s fingerstyle playing to great effect. Other standout tracks are Open the Door Softly from the pen of Scottish Folk legend Archie Fisher and the classic ballad Reynardine. “Most of this recording happened serendipitously in the Spring of 2015, while experimenting with various microphones and guitars.
Liam Clancy (Irish: Liam Mac Fhlannchadha; 2 September 1935 – 4 December 2009) was an Irish folk singer and actor from Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary. He was the youngest member of the influential folk group the Clancy Brothers, who are regarded as Ireland’s first pop stars. They recorded 55 albums, achieved global sales of millions and appeared in sold-out concerts at such prominent venues as Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.
Liam was generally considered to be the group’s most powerful vocalist. Bob Dylan regarded him as the greatest ballad singer ever, whilst Gay Byrne described him as one of the “most famous four Irishmen in the world” at the height of the Clancy Brothers’ fame. He was a central figure during the 1960s folk revival on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1976, as part of the duo Makem and Clancy, he had a number one hit in Ireland with the anti-war song “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” (written by Scots-Australian Eric Bogle).Upon his death The Irish Times said his legacy was secured.