Liam Clancy Solo Career

Following the split with his brother, Liam went to live in Canada where he pursued a solo career.

Liam Clancy
Actor turns musician
Liam Clancy videos
Singers main page

He released a number of albums and became a regular on Canadian TV.

In 1975, he performed at a festival in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Tommy Makem was also on the bill and the organisers persuaded them to perform together. It was the start of a productive partnership as the duo stayed together until 1988.

Liam Clancy, member of Irish traditional folk band The Clancy Brothers

Liam Clancy

During that time they toured the world several times and released several albums.

They also performed with Liam’s brothers again in 1980 for a reunion tour.

Liam also had a solo career in his later life and recorded songs with other musicians such as Paul Grant and Kevin Evens.

In 2001 his memoirs were published with the title, The Mountains of Women.

In 2005, Clancy featured in No Direction Home, a documentary on Bob Dylan by Martin Scorsese. A year later he was the subject of a documentary, The Legend of Liam Clancy, produced by Anna Rodgers and John Murray. The documentary was named best series at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

Tributes for Clancy

Clancy died in 2009 from pulmonary fibrosis. Enda Kelly paid tribute to him saying he was a brilliant musician. Christy Moore said : “I would have been listening to Radio Luxembourg and rock ‘n’ roll as a young fellow and then I got to hear of the Clancy brothers, when I was 16 I came to Dublin to hear them in a concert. It was about 1962, I think it was the Olympia, it was the most exciting concert I had ever attended. It was Irish, it was rock ‘n’ roll, it was funky and it was even sexy.”


The New York Daily News said that he had “played a major role in defining how Americans heard Irish popular music over the last half century.”

It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem in popularising Irish folk music in the 1960s. They were the first group to break through and achieve worldwide fame, pioneering the way for dozens of other Irish acts ever since.

Snippet: Bob Dylan said: “He was just the best ballad singer I ever heard in my life…I can’t think of anyone who is a better ballad singer.”

Liam Clancy
Actor turns musician
What after The Clancy Brothers?
Liam Clancy videos
Singers main page

Did you know?

Singing Cork barman has fans across the world - a video of the Irish music loving barman singing while he poured a pint went viral as people became enchanted by his easy going style and great voice. Check out his video.

Have you heard about…

Irish people warned about the ‘Celtic curse’ - a potentially deadly blood condition, that harms the liver, heart and pancreas, has been labelled the ‘Celtic Curse’ because more people in Ireland are prone to it than people from other countries. Find out more.

What about this…

‘Irish giant’ Tom Crean was one of the bravest and toughest explorers of the early part of the 20th century. Thanks to his positivity and faith, he managed to not only survive horrific conditions but also save the lives of his colleagues. Find out more.

Personalised framed prints

Illuminated Letters

Stunning Illuminated Letters based on the ancient Book of Kells

Copy Protected by Chetan's WP-Copyprotect.