30 June 2008: Arts Council regrets the passing of Paddy Canny

The Arts Council has expressed its regret at the passing of traditional musician and founder member of the Tulla Céilí band, Paddy Canny.

Speaking today, Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council said, "The Council is deeply saddened at the passing of Paddy Canny who was a major figure in traditional music. He was one of the founders of the Tulla Céilí Band in the late 1940s and remained a member until the 1960s. We offer our sympathies to his family."

Born in 1919, Mr Canny grew up near Tulla in Co Clare and won the All Ireland fiddle title in 1953.

He featured on first ever LP of traditional music recorded in Ireland on the Dublin Records label in 1959 and it is cited as an influence by many of today’s leading players. In 1960, he also played on two of the 78 rpm discs released by Gael Linn. 

He was one of the leading musicians of his generation and his appearances at Scoil Samhradh Willie will be missed.

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