The Clancys and Eddie Dillon
The Clancy's and Eddie Dillon are enthralling audiences of all sizes across the United States and Ireland. Continuing the tradition of the Clancy Brothers their performances are electric, fun and accomplished. From old favorites such as "The Wild Rover" and "The Moonshiner" to stories, poetry and instrumentals, their latest show is vibrant and well received. Always fun and energetic the Clancy's and Eddie Dillon are consummate professionals.
Their recent release, "Clancy Sing Along Songs," on Ark Albums is a compilation of live recordings from their October 98 tour is in national distribution (Rego Irish Records). Dedicated to the late Paddy Clancy, "Clancy Sing Along Songs" is generating great sales and praise from the Irish American community. Covering the full spectrum of Clancy Brother's music including ballads and humorous songs, the CD is about to go into it's second pressing.
Maintaining the traditional aspects of the music is very important to the band. "My Brothers and I always kept true to our music," says Bobby Clancy. "A lot of people come to see our shows because we're singing Clancy Brothers music. We enjoy it, we are proud of it and we'll always perform it. You know, it's not unusual for three generations of fans to come to our performances. And just by the smiles on their faces when we are singing something like " Tim Finneganís Wake" or "The Galway Races" that's what makes the whole show worthwhile for us."
Touring nationally and releasing new CD's the Clancy's and Eddie Dillon are proud to carry on the Clancy Brothers tradition.
On our recent tour in Ireland we played several venues in Cork and Clare. Here's a snap of us at the famous DeBara's Folk Club in Clonakilty, West Cork. We also played at the Lobby in Cork City and at Tommy McGann's memorial concert in Ennis.
Bobby Clancy has had a stellar musical career including many years with the Clancy Brothers and, earlier, as a duo with his sister, Peg. Virtually all compilations of Clancy Brothers music include selections from Bobby Clancy. During the sixties he hosted his own television program, "When Bobby Clancy Sings." In the past twenty five years he has appeared in all of the major venues with the Clancy Brothers including Carnegie Hall, "The Good Morning America" show and Bob Dylanís 30th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden. Two years ago he released a solo CD on Ark Albums entitled "The Quiet Land" which has become a favorite among young Irish musicians. A master of many musical instruments, Bobby maestros the guitar, banjo, harmonica and bodhran. Known for his eloquent recitations of poetry, his keen wit and his captivating stage presence, Bobby has earned his place in the pantheon of Irish bards
Continuing the touring tradition of the Clancy family, Finbarr is a talented musician in his own right. Along with his guitar, flute and vocals, his dynamic stage presence is a great addition to the group. Growing up in the Clancy dynasty, Finbarr was plucking the banjo and practicing the bodhran from age 5. While maintaining a musical connection to his contemporaries Finbarrís love of the singing tradition is apparent as soon as he walks on the stage. His smile is contagious and his voice- from the sentimental ballad to the raucous "come all ye"- wins over audiences in every performance. Finbarr is a keystone of the group, insuring that Clancy music will continue for many generations.
A multi-dimensionally talented singer/ songwriter, Eddie brings his mastery of diversity to the Clancys. Boston based, and formerly of the nationally acclaimed group, The Shananagans, Eddie Dillonís instrumental virtuosity enlivens and enriches the Clancy tapestry of performance. A prolific songwriter he has written over five hundred songs that have been recorded by many Irish artists, including Aoife Clancy, Barleycorn, Seamus Kennedy and Kieran McDermott. A producer, he is responsible for the latest Clancy CD, "Clancy Sing Along Songs." On stage with the Clancys, he plays the mandolin and guitar contributing vocals as well. A solo artist with two CDs of his own, "Things You Wished You Said" and "The Barberís Lament," Eddie brings originality and a style all his own to the vast musical heritage of the Clancy family.