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Willie Clancy
The Pipering of Willie Clancy Vol 1




Claddagh Records


Irish Traditional

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Clancy was born into a musical family in the outskirts of Milltown Malbay, County Clare. His parents (Gilbert Clancy and Ellen Killeen) both sang and played concertina, and his father also played the flute. Clancy's father had been heavily influenced by local blind piper Garret Barry and passed much of Barry's music on to Willie.
Willie started playing the whistle at age 5, and later took up the flute. He first saw a set of pipes in 1936 when he saw Johnny Doran playing locally. He obtained his first set of pipes two years later. His influences included Leo Rowsome, Séamus Ennis, John Potts, and Andy Conroy. Clancy won the Oireachtas competition in 1947. Unable to earn a living from music he emigrated to London where he worked as a carpenter.
The Pipering of Willie Clancy was recorded by Claddagh records and released in 1994, and contains recordings from 1958 to the year of his death in 1973


1. The West Wind & Seán Reid's Fancy
2. The Rocks of Bawn
3. The Old Bush
4. Will You Come Down to Limerick
5. The Bold Trainer O
6. The Rolling Wave
7. An Ghoath Aniar-Aneas
8. Garret Barry's Mazurka
9. Jenny Picking Cockles & My Love Is in America
10. The Bright Lady
11. The Lady's Pantalettes & The Ravelled Hand of Yarn
12. Purty Molly Brannigan & The Green Fields of America
13. Kitty Got A Clinking Coming from The Fair
14. The Bonny Bunch of Roses
15. Down the Back Lane
16. Páidín Ó Raifeartaigh
17. Clancy's Jig
18. Jenny Tie the Bonnet & Corney Is Coming