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Liam O’Flynn - 1945-2018

Just as we were going to press we heard the sad news of the death of master uilleann piper, Liam O’Flynn at the age of 72. Liam, from Co Kildare, played the pipes from the age of 11, learning from legends such as Leo Rowsome and Seamus Ennis.

With the innovative and influential Irish group, Planxty, he helped revolutionise traditional Irish music and brought it to a world-wide audience. He went on to collaborate widely with artists such as Kate Bush and Mark Knopfler, to record orchestral pieces such as The Brendan Voyage with Shaun Davey, and to share the stage with poet Seamus Heaney. He was awarded the Gradam Ceoil for Musician Of The Year in 2007 - the foremost recognition given to traditional Irish musicians.

As stated on Tara Music’s website: “Liam O'Flynn has always managed to remain true to the great piping tradition. He has taken his instrument into previously unexplored territory… But whatever the situation, he has remained resolutely true to the music itself. And it's precisely this mix of credibility and durability which makes Liam O'Flynn one of our greatest musicians and someone long regarded among his peers as Ireland's Master Uilleann Piper.”

Described by fellow musicians as “a king amongst pipers and a prince among men” and “a gentle and modest soul”, Liam will be a huge loss to the traditional Irish music world.