The Clancy Brothers

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About The Clancy Brothers

An integral part of the American folk music revival, the Clancy Brothers helped popularize Irish traditional music in the United States in the 1950s and '60s. Known for their signature Aran sweaters and vibrant arrangements of sea shanties, protest and drinking songs, and old Irish ballads, the group influenced a whole generation of folk artists, including Bob Dylan, Paul Brady, and Christy Moore, and helped to pave the way for like-minded acts such as the Dubliners and the Wolfe Tones. Initially comprised of siblings Patrick, Tom, and Liam Clancy, and artist, poet, storyteller, and family friend Tommy Makem, the group recorded a string of successful albums, including The Rising of the Moon, Come Fill Your Glass with Us, and In Person at Carnegie Hall, before Makem's departure in 1969. The ensuing decades saw the group undergo various personnel changes, but they continued to be active up until Patrick "Paddy" Clancy's death in 1998.

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