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Vic Smith Obit: Chris Droney of County Clare (1924-2020) (8) Obit: Chris Droney of County Clare 11 Sep 20

Chris Droney - A wonderfully inspiring anglo-concertina player taht we heard several times on visits to Co. Clare. This tribute comes from Clare Echo of 10th September 2020: -

One of Clare’s greatest musicians, Chris Droney has died at the age of 95.

Born in Bellharbour in 1924, Chris is regarded as a legendary concertina player. Over his near nine decade music career, he has been acknowledged with many prestigious accolades including the TG4 Grádam Saoil award for lifetime achievement; a CCÉ Bardic Award, a Teastas award, the Clare Person of the Year Award in 2012 and the 2018 MÓRglór award.

From 1956 onwards, he would become a ten-time senior All-Ireland concertina champion, nine of which were solo efforts and one included a duet with fiddler Gus Tierney. Droney travelled the country and the world playing music. He played alongside the Bell Harbour Céilí Band, the Kilfenora Céilí Band, the Ballinakill Céilí Band, Augrim Slopes and the Kincora Céilí Band throughout his career. He also released three solo recordings, The Flowing Tide, (1962), The Fertile Rock, (1995) and Down From Bell Harbour, (2005).

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