Legendary Irish fiddler Tommy Peoples dies aged 70

Legendary fiddler Tommy Peoples has died at the age of 70. Born in St Johnston, Donegal he "moved to Dublin in 1965 and his involvement in traditional music led to participation in groups such as the Green Linnet Céilí Band, 1691, and The Bothy Band, as well as solo performance. He lived in County Clare for over 30 years where he found friendship in the generous hearts and the traditional music ethos of that county. Tommy was drawn to the composition in those early years, and many of his compositions filtered freely into the vast and varied traditional repertoire.

Tommy was awarded the first TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year Award in 1998. In 2013 he received the Composer of the Year award, becoming the first to receive a second Gradam in the TG4 awards. He has just published, in July 2015, his collected compositions with a text that tells a story of the melody titles.

Musicians from across the globe have been paying tribute to his major contribution to Irish music and culture across many decades. His funeral mass and burial will take place in Ennis, County Clare on Tuesday 7 August.

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Comment by Craig I Thompson on August 6, 2018 at 16:44

What a great musician he was.

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