RIP Liam Clancy

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This is a tough one. Liam Clancy, surviving member of The Clancy Brothers, has died. The Clancy Brothers were part of the folk revival of the early 60s and had a great friendship with Bob Dylan. These were also some of the first records I ever heard (my mom was a big fan). In a more recent experience, Liam Clancy was easily the most entertaining and vibrant of all Dylan associates interviewed in the movie “No Direction Home,” released in 2007.

It was a powerful moment in an incredible story and Liam’s vibes went far and wide. The Belfast Telegraph wrote a moving tribute, obviously the first of many. Technology entrepreneur Jason Calacanis even quoted Dylan describing Liam in that documentary as possessing “no fear, no envy, no meanness.” (We should all aspire to those attributes).

Ireland should go all out to pay tribute to someone who gave the world such a great image of that country.

Dylan also spoke about Liam to the NY Times in 1984: “I never heard a singer as good as Liam ever. He was just the best ballad singer I’d ever heard in my life.”

Liam Clancy “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”:

Thinking of all the songs he sang, and the audiences he moved to laughter and tears over the years, it’s safe to say Liam Clancy was one of the best entertainers the world has ever seen. The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem lent their voices to the protest for civil rights, against Vietnam and for human rights everywhere. He was recently involved with Save Tara, a historic site being threatened by Irish development.

We will miss Liam Clancy but his music will never die.

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