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Liam Clancy

Postby clionamhic » Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:17 am

I'm sad tonight because of the death of Liam Clancy - a wonderful singer, a friend and a man who brought real passion, depth, courage and feeling to everything that he was involved in. My life was immeasurably richer for having known him. Go ndeanfaidh Dia trocaire air a anam dilis.
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Re: Liam Clancy

Postby Bequia » Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:47 am

Something I heard via Liam some years back (his recitation is found here):

Pegasus
by Patrick Kavanagh

My soul was an old horse
Offered for sale in twenty fairs.
I offered him to the Church--the buyers
Were little men who feared his unusual airs.
One said: 'Let him remain unbid
In the wind and rain and hunger
Of sin and we will get him--
With the winkers thrown in--for nothing.'

Then the men of State looked at
What I'd brought for sale.
One minister, wondering if
Another horse-body would fit the tail
That he'd kept for sentiment-
The relic of his own soul--
Said, 'I will graze him in lieu of his labour.'
I lent him for a week or more
And he came back a hurdle of bones,
Starved, overworked, in despair.
I nursed him on the roadside grass
To shape him for another fair.

I lowered my price. I stood him where
The broken-winded, spavined stand
And crooked shopkeepers said that he
Might do a season on the land--
But not for high-paid work in towns.
He'd do a tinker, possibly.
I begged, 'O make some offer now,
A soul is a poor man's tragedy.
He'll draw your dungiest cart,' I said,
'Show you short cuts to Mass,
Teach weather lore, at night collect
Bad debts from poor men's grass.'
And they would not.

Where the
Tinkers quarrel I went down
With my horse, my soul.
I cried, 'Who will bid me half a crown?'
From their rowdy bargaining
Not one turned. 'Soul,' I prayed,
'I have hawked you through the world
Of Church and State and meanest trade.
But this evening, halter off,
Never again will it go on.
On the south side of ditches
There is grazing of the sun.
No more haggling with the world....'

As I said these words he grew
Wings upon his back. Now I may ride him
Every land my imagination knew.



....and this song that ended so many concerts...
....all men will be sailors then....
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Re: Liam Clancy

Postby musicmania » Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:00 pm

RIP. I can't confess to knowing much about him but he is widely regarded in the folk music scene with Bob Dylan having said he was an early influence.
Love that poem Bequia. Patrick Kavanagh is one of my favourite poets.
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Re: Liam Clancy

Postby clionamhic » Sun Dec 06, 2009 4:54 am

Thanks for that Bequia,
For all that Liam was a wonderful singer, he was one of the best people to recite poetry that I have ever heard. He spoke it from the heart. I first heard him recite some of Yeats' poetry as a young teenager and the memory has stayed with me ever since. Leonard is the only other person to have stirred my soul to the same extent with his poetry. The recitation of Patrick Kavanagh's poem, Pegasus, is beautiful. Thanks again.
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Re: Liam Clancy

Postby dharma » Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:24 am

sad news :(

liam singing eric bogle's 'the band played waltzing matilda':

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFCekeoSTwg
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Re: Liam Clancy

Postby Bequia » Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:25 am

clionamhic wrote:... the only other person to have stirred my soul to the same extent with his poetry. The recitation of Patrick Kavanagh's poem, Pegasus, is beautiful... Thanks again.
You're welcome...
dharma wrote:Liam singing Eric Bogle's 'the band played waltzing matilda
...his version of this and Bogle's Green Fields of France are about as good as it gets...and a couple more examples of how Liam could stir the soul...the words Liam wrote in tribute to Luke Kelly (heard in complete form here but with an unfortunate disruption in the recording) seem appropriate for Liam...

But are ye really silenced? No, No and never will be.
It’s all preserved isn’t it – in reality as well as in memory.
And when in the future there are those who want to hear,
not the froth of fashion in the pop song of the month,
but the timeless vision of the true story told,
they will listen to you – you and your likes, if there are such.


...Rocky Road to Dublin from Liam with Luke helping out...
....all men will be sailors then....
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Re: Liam Clancy

Postby clionamhic » Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:32 am

Magic, thanks again. ;-)
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Re: Liam Clancy

Postby Steven » Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:05 pm

Liam Clancy's passing is a huge loss. He was an artistic treasure.
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Re: Liam Clancy

Postby tinderella » Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:10 pm

Thanks so much Bequia.... the Parting Glass is one of my fave songs. Have seen it performed live many times over the years but Liam could send a shiver down my spine.

A wonderful voice with the same initials as another wonderful voice

He made our lives richer with his music

Goodnight and Joy be with you Liam

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