Renowned fiddler and composer, Brendan McGlinchey, died in England on April 25 at the age of 79. Universally acclaimed for his playing, his invention and his good humour, he exerted a significant influence on a generation of musicians.
prompted a great sense of loss throughout the traditional music community while at the same time prompting much reminiscing about his life as a memorable performer and a wonderful teacher.
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin – musician, composer, academic and artist – died recently after a long illness. Like many musicians before him, he has left a wonderful catalogue of audio and video recordings of his inspired performances of both traditional airs and new compositions. But, uniquely his legacy includes the realisation of his panoramic cultural vision in the form of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance on the campus of the University of Limerick.
Alec Finn, one of the twin pillars at the heart of the acclaimed traditional group, De Danann, died in November at the age of 74. A multi-instrumentalist who was best known for his prowess on the bouzouki, Alec made a significant contribution to the development of traditional music.
The master fiddle-player, Tommy Peoples, died prematurely in August at the age of 69. One of the most influential artists in his field as well as a prolific composer of music in the traditional style, Quiet-spoken and modest, Tommy’s genuine humility belied a prodigious talent.
The renowned dancing master, Timmy ‘The Brit’ McCarthy, passed away on September 12.
Des Geraghty pays tribute to his friend and colleague, Jimmy Kelly – a singer of rare talent.