Liam Clancy

Liam Clancy

Irish folk singer and actor
Date of Birth: 02.09.1935
Country: Ireland

Biography of Liam Clancy

Liam Clancy was an Irish folk singer and actor, born on September 2, 1935, in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, Ireland. He was one of eleven children in his family and showed his creative abilities from a young age, which his parents, Robert Joseph Clancy and Joanna McGrath, encouraged. His first song that he learned was 'The Croppy Boy'. He received his education at the Christian Brothers school and then worked as an insurance agent in Dublin. In the evenings, Liam attended the National College of Art and Design. He dabbled in writing and painting, but his true passion was theater. It was through his involvement in theatrical productions that he began calling himself Liam instead of William. At a young age, Liam founded a local theater society that still operates today. In Dublin, he performed in productions at the Gaiety Theatre.

Liam Clancy

In his youth, Liam met Diana Hamilton-Guggenheim when she visited his mother in Carrick, and in 1955, he embarked on a tour of Ireland with her. Diana helped the Clancy brothers establish the 'Tradition Records' label. Later, Liam met Tommy Makem, the son of a famous Irish folk singer, and together with Diana, they traveled to the United States. Tommy, who was a singer in an Irish dance group, later joined them. Liam's older brothers, Tom and Paddy, had already moved to New York. To make ends meet, they took on various jobs, including painting and driving taxis, while performing in clubs in the evenings with a repertoire of Irish folk songs. Liam began performing with his brothers and Tommy Makem at various events.

Liam Clancy

In the late 1950s, they started recording on the 'Tradition Records' label, owned by Paddy. Liam excelled at playing the guitar and released several solo albums. In 1959, they released the album 'The Rising of the Moon' and went on tour, performing concerts in Boston, Chicago, and New York. In 1961, they had the opportunity to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. With their growing popularity came international tours. The quartet's trademark became traditional Irish sweaters with cable patterns, which their mother sent to them to keep them warm in the harsh climate abroad. It was during this time that Liam became close friends with Bob Dylan. Liam Clancy had the opportunity to perform live for President John F. Kennedy.

In the 1970s, with the emergence of new musical genres, the group's sound became outdated, and they lost their previous popularity, eventually disbanding. Liam went on to have a successful solo career, writing numerous hits, and frequently performing as a duo with Tommy Makem until the early 1990s. In recent years, several documentaries have been made about Liam Clancy and the Clancy Brothers. Liam remained the last surviving member of the original group. His brother Tom passed away on November 7, 1990, Paddy on November 11, 1998, and Tommy Makem on August 1, 2007. Liam was married twice and had seven children from both marriages. In addition to his musical career, he owned a successful recording studio, which he passed on to his children. Liam Clancy passed away at the age of 74 from pulmonary fibrosis on December 4, 2009, at a hospital in Cork, Ireland. Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral, including family and close friends.

© BIOGRAPHS