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GUEST,TJ in San Diego 'The Master' for Liam Clancy (16) RE: 'The Master' for Liam Clancy 24 Nov 09

I was an early fan, in 1961-62, when a young lady in a record shop in Tacoma, Washington had me listen to an LP of theirs. I loved their energy and showmanship, and I immediately loved the songs.

These were, after all, theatrical folk - Tom, Paddy and Liam were all actors who fell into folk music during their New York days. Many of their songs, so familiar to us now, might never have gained a wider audience save for their efforts. The late, great Tommy Makem added more material and great musicality to the act - along with an added dimension of "Irish Soul."

One can argue about the changes in tempo and some poetic license, I suppose, but it doesn't detract from their accomplishments. I have also enjoyed a couple of Liam's books, both insightful and entertaining reads. I send my very best wishes for better health and more music to a man I was never privileged to meet, but have long admired.

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