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Patrick Clancy
 Cancer........Nov 11, 1998
Age 76
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      Patrick Clancy, 76, Founding Member of the Clancy Brothers
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                By JON PARELES 

                Patrick Clancy, who helped start a folk revival as a founding member of the Clancy Brothers 
                and Tommy Makem, died on Nov. 11 at his home in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, 
                Ireland. He was 76.  

                The cause was cancer, said Bill Haller, his son-in-law.  

                As the eldest of the Clancy Brothers, Clancy toured the world singing Irish songs, often with 
                thousands of audience members singing along. Although the Clancy Brothers got started as Irish 
                expatriates in New York, where they were part of the Greenwich Village folk revival of the 1950s 
                and '60s, the group's rowdy, good-humored performances created an enduring image of Irish 
                tradition and spurred a rediscovery of folk styles back home in Ireland. Clancy also started a 
                folk-music label, Tradition, that documented Appalachian music, blues, Celtic and ethnic music.  

                Clancy was born in Carrick, in rural Tipperary, where he and his brothers soaked up traditional 
                music. During World War II he went to England to join the Royal Air Force, and worked as an 
                airplane mechanic in England and India. After the war he and his brother Tom, who had sung pop 
                music in Ireland, came to the United States. They worked at a brewery in Newark, N.J., and sold 
                insurance in Cleveland before moving to New York.  

                In postwar bohemian Greenwich Village, they acted in and produced off-Broadway plays, including 
                Sean O'Casey's "Plough and Stars" at the Cherry Lane Theater. Joining the scene around the White 
                Horse Tavern, they became friendly with such authors as Dylan Thomas, Delmore Schwartz and 
                James Baldwin, and musicians such as Woody Guthrie.  

                In the early 1950s, Patrick Clancy assembled Irish music for Folkways Records and the early 
                Elektra label. He started his own label, Tradition, in 1956. His brother Liam arrived in the United 
                States that year, collecting Appalachian songs and also settling in New York. The three brothers 
                began singing Irish songs at parties and quickly developing a local following.  

                They were joined by another Irish expatriate, Tommy Makem, and started recording for Tradition in 
                1959. They traveled the folk-club circuit and performed at the Newport folk festivals. A 1961 
                appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" brought them a national following.  

                In concert, they wore Arran wool sweaters and sang rollicking versions of rebel songs, drinking 
                songs and love songs -- among them "The Jug of Punch" and "Carrickfergus" -- interspersed with tall 
                tales and poetry recitations. Columbia Records signed the group in 1961, and it eventually made 
                about 40 albums.  

                Patrick Clancy returned to live in Carrick in 1964, and bought a dairy farm. But he continued to 
                perform frequently with his brothers. After 1969, the group's lineup fluctuated, sometimes including a 
                fourth Clancy brother, Robert, and later a nephew, Robbie O'Connell. Patrick Clancy gave his last 
                performance in July in Carrick.  

                He is survived by his wife, Mary; his brothers Liam and Robert; two sisters, Peg and Joan; five 
                children, Leish, of Philadelphia; Rory, of Carrick; Orla of the Netherlands; Maura, of Carlow, 
                Ireland, and Conor, of Dublin, and three grandchildren.  
       

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Saturday, November 14, 1998          Music accompanies Paddy Clancy to his resting place 
                       The folk singer Paddy Clancy, whose music was central 
                       to his life, was buried to the sound of music in his 
                       home county of Tipperary yesterday. As his remains left 
                       the packed St Nicholas's Parish Church in 
                       Carrick-on-Suir, a rousing chorus of The Jug of Punch 
                       led by his son, Conor, accompanied him on his way to 
                       the tiny village of Faugheen. 

                       Earlier in the Requiem Mass, during the offertory 
                       procession, his trademark white cap, similar to the one 
                       in which he has been buried, the Aran sweater, a stick 
                       that he had been fashioning into a "snake catcher" and 
                       a harmonica were brought to the altar. 

                       "Paddy lifted the hearts of people through his gift of 
                       music", said the parish priest, Father Paul Waldron. 

                       Carrick-on-Suir came to a halt as gardaí, saluting the 
                       passing coffin, stopped traffic on a busy market day to 
                       allow the funeral through on its way to Faugheen. 

                       The cortège, accompanied by the drifting strains of a 
                       sole harmonica, was met by another throng of people in 
                       the cemetery. Bobby Clancy played the harmonica as the 
                       coffin was lowered into the grave. After further 
                       tributes, the singing resumed as Paddy's son, Conor, 
                       brothers Liam and Bobby, and nephew Finbarr were joined 
                       by Tommy Makem, Finbarr Furey, Ronnie Drew, John 
                       Sheehan and the whole congregation in a rousing 
                       rendition of Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go? 

                       Liam Clancy then announced: "We never ended a concert 
                       yet without The Parting Glass, and the crowd sang 
                       again. 

                       The Taoiseach, who sent a message of sympathy, was 
                       represented by his aide-de-camp, Capt Michael Kiernan. 
                       Paddy Clancy is survived by his wife, Mary, sons Rory 
                       and Conor, daughters Leish, Maura and Orla, brothers 
                       Liam and Bobby, and sisters Joan and Peg. 

                       This is the second bereavement in the Clancy family 
                       recently as Paddy's sister, Lelia, was buried last 
                       week. 
         
         

         
         


 
        The Associated Press 

         DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- Paddy Clancy, who sang with the Clancy Brothers and 
        Tommy Makem, the influential Irish folk group of the 1950s and 1960s, has died 
        at age 76. 

        Paddy Clancy died Nov. 11 after a long illness at his home in the County 
        Waterford town of Carrick-on-Suir in southeast Ireland, according to death 
        notices in Irish newspapers. 

        It was in New York in 1959 at the beginning of the folk music boom that the 
        Clancy brothers and their friend Makem formed their group. They performed in 
        Greenwich Village clubs and appeared at Newport folk festivals with such people 
        as Judy Collins and Pete Seeger. 

        Brother Bobby Clancy also occasionally sang with the group, which was 
        considered a major influence on the current folk music revival in Ireland. They 
        made more than 50 records. 

        After touring for about nine years as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, 
        Paddy struck out on his own, and had been on his own since. But they remained 
        friends, and they got together again in 1993 for the Madison Square Garden 
        concert honoring Bob Dylan's 30 years in music. 

        Tommy Clancy died in 1990, but Liam, Paddy and Bobby and their nephew Robbie 
        O'Connell continued to sing into the 1990s. 

        Information about survivors was not immediately available.

         
       
 

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          Paddy Clancy...the eldest of the Clancy Brothers,  
          immigrated to America with his brother Tom. Paddy's 
          diverse interests in folk music have led to performances  
          in every major concert hall in the Engligh speaking world. 

           Paddy indulged his interest in folk music by producing 
           folk concerts in Greenwich Village, presenting 
           many of the legendary folk singers of the time. 
          He later founded Tradition Records which launched 
           the careers of  The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. 

          Irish Tours

  
  

 

 

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