Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2019

The 47th Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland. Saturday 6th July to Sunday 14th July, 2019.

Sráid na Cathrach, Co. an Chláir  6ú Iúil - 14ú Iúil.

Tribute to Tommy Peoples

This year the Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples will be the subject of the annual Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy Tribute. Tommy Peoples is a major figure in Irish traditional music and was a driving force in the great revival of interest in the music in the latter half of the twentieth century.

He lived in Dublin in the late sixties, played with the Green Linnet Céili Band,  and was an original member of the influential Bothy Band and played on their first album. He moved to Clare in the 1970s and lived there for 30 years before returning to his native Donegal. He recorded with Matt Molloy and Paul Brady in the 1970s and his solo recordings include The High Part of the Road, The Iron Man, The Quiet Glen, A Traditional Experience with Tommy Peoples and Fiddler’s Hearth.

In the early 2000s he resided in the Boston area and from there toured extensively in the US and Canada.  He was awarded the firs TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year Award in 1998 and, in recognition of his output as a composer of traditional tunes, he received the TG4 Composer of the Year Award in 2013, becoming the first person to garner a second TG4 Gradam Award.

He published Ó Am go hAm - From Time to Time: Tutor, Texts and Tunes in 2015 and the book was launched at the Willie Clancy Summer School that year. It  contains complete notations for 130 original tunes and interesting recollections of people, events, places and encounters experienced over a varied life. His views on the current state of the Irish traditional music scene are forthright. In an interview with Seán Smith for the Boston Neighborhood News in 2017 he expressed a live-and-let-live philosophy but did not seem too impressed with more recent innovations and collaborations in the music, believing that, if the music is played as it should, then it’s got everything. ‘It doesn’t need to be dressed in rock clothes or jazz clothes or any other clothes. It’s got its own wardrobe.’

Tommy Peoples has taught fiddle at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy for many years and his visits to the master classes are a significant feature in the summer school programme and looked forward to by fiddle tutors and students.

The Tribute presentation will take place on Tuesday 10th July at 3pm at the Community Centre and will be moderated by fellow musician and former Bothy Band member, Paddy Glackin.

Paddy Glackin, a native of Dublin, is a noted fiddle player and exponent of the Donegal style of fiddle music, a tradition inherited  from his Donegal father.  He  has released a number of  solo albums,   collaborated  on  several  albums with leading traditional musicians, and  been involved in various seminal groups such as the Bothy Band, Ceoltóirí Laighean, LAPD, and, more recently, Usher’s Island. From 1980 to 1985 he served as Traditional Music Officer with the Arts Council.  His professional career was with RTÉ Radio where he worked as a producer, presenter and editor. He is currently on the Board of the Arts Council of  Ireland.

Tommy Peoples (top left) and Paddy Glackin (right).

Photos: Tony Kearns.

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