Liam Clancy

Liam Clancy : Memoirs of an Irish Troubadour

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On St Patrick's night 1961, Liam Clancy, along with his brothers, Paddy and Tom, and their great friend Tommy, four fiery and passionate young folk singers from rural Ireland, made their appearance on America's most influential television programme, the "Ed Sullivan Show". They entranced 50 million viewers coast to coast. This sensational overnight success led to the Clancy brothers and Tommy Makem becoming a major part of musical history, selling millions of records over the last 40 years. In these memoirs, Liam clancy describes his evetful journey from being raised as the 11th child of a provincial Irish family in Carrick-on-Suir, county Tipperary, in the 1930s, to living an upraorious life in the heart of the New York City music scene of the late '50s and early '60s, at a time when Greenwich Village was the undoubted Mecca for aspiring artists of every ilk. His life was a party filled with music, women and more than a few pints of Guinness. This memoir also remembers his nightly encounters with other soon to be famous writers, actors and musicians on the Greenwich Village scene - among them bob Dylan, Robert Redford, Walther Matthau, Lenny Bruce, Maya Angelou, Pete Seeger and Barbra Streisand.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 142 x 228mm | 430g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8 pages illustrations
  • 0753507803
  • 9780753507803

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'The best ballad singer I ever heard in my life' Bob Dylan 'What a magical story' Irish Independent 'Highly readable' The Washington Timesshow more

About Liam Clancy

Liam Clancy was a founding member of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, who took the music business by storm in the early '60s and who went on to sell millions of records over the next forty years. They were particularly well known in the United States and in their heyday sold out the Carnegie Hall on many an occasion. Liam now lives in County Waterford, Ireland, and continues to record and perform in concerts around the world.show more

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