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News Roundup: 12/07/2009

from The Allmusic Blog, posted over 4 years ago
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Liam ClancyLiam Clancy, the last surviving member of the seminal Irish folk band the Clancy Brothers, died on Friday at a Cork hospital at age 74. The balladeer, who Bob Dylan described as “the best ballad singer I’d ever heard in my life,” suffered from incurable pulmonary fibrosis (which also afflicted his brother Bobby) for years. With his brothers Tom and Patrick as the Clancy Brothers, Liam Clancy helped spark the folk revival of the early ’60s, appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show and playing Carnegie Hall at the peak of the group’s fame. Clancy embarked on a solo career in 1973 and the Clancy Brothers split a year later, but Liam rejoined the group in 1996 for the album Older But No Wiser and a farewell tour. Clancy’s funeral was held today at St. Mary’s Parish Church Dungarvan in county Waterford. [

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