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Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)

GUEST,Martin Ryan 04 Aug 18 - 08:41 AM
Jon Freeman 04 Aug 18 - 08:44 AM
Gordon Jackson 04 Aug 18 - 08:57 AM
GUEST,Peter Laban 04 Aug 18 - 09:28 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 04 Aug 18 - 03:24 PM
Liberty Boy 05 Aug 18 - 03:07 AM
The Sandman 05 Aug 18 - 03:26 AM
Vic Smith 05 Aug 18 - 08:26 AM
Jim Carroll 05 Aug 18 - 08:39 AM
GUEST,Peter Laban 05 Aug 18 - 09:45 AM
StephenH 05 Aug 18 - 10:51 AM
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Vic Smith 05 Aug 18 - 01:41 PM
GUEST,Gilly 05 Aug 18 - 05:08 PM
Steve Shaw 05 Aug 18 - 07:41 PM
Jim Carroll 06 Aug 18 - 03:45 AM
Waddon Pete 06 Aug 18 - 12:57 PM
Uncle Phil 06 Aug 18 - 07:04 PM
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Subject: RIP Tommy Peoples - Donegal fiddler
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 08:41 AM

Sad news ...

https://www.donegalnow.com/news/240785/240785

Regards


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Subject: RE: RIP Tommy Peoples - Donegal fiddler
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 08:44 AM

That doesn't work for me but try https://www.donegalnow.com/news/240785/240785

A fine fiddler gone.


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Subject: RE: RIP Tommy Peoples - Donegal fiddler
From: Gordon Jackson
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 08:57 AM

This is a very sad day.

I met and had lunch with Tommy about a decade ago; an absolute gent.

RIP one of the true greats of the fiddle.


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Subject: RE: RIP Tommy Peoples - Donegal fiddler
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 09:28 AM

Sorry to hear that although I can't say it was unexpected.

Last month, during the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay the world of Irish Music came together to pay tribute to Tommy Peoples in a moving event where a deep love and appreciation for the man and his music was expressed in a heartfelt way. Tommy himself seemed to enjoy the praise heaped upon him, from his wheelchair.

A player of deeply emotional music. One of a kind.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples - Donegal fiddler
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 03:24 PM

So sorry to hear this. He was a unique, brilliant talent - one of a kind, as Peter says.

Raising one to you tonight, Tommy. R. I. P.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: Liberty Boy
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 03:07 AM

So sorry to hear this, a true giant of our music.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 03:26 AM

thanks for the music,RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: Vic Smith
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 08:26 AM

An utterly inspiring player. I count myself very lucky to have heard him play in small sessions in a variety of places in County Clare as well as in my home town of Lewes.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 08:39 AM

When we first moved to Clare twenty years ago we thought we'de landed i heaven when we learned we could go to our local bar (Friel's) every Thursday evening at 8-pm and listen to Tommy play for a couple of hours
Because it was so early there were seldom more than a dozen people there
Magic days
We wre there when Tommy was honoured a couple of weeks ago at the Willie Clancy Summer Shool
The presenter, Paddy Glackin, opened the proceedings with a recording of one of the most spectacularly skilful pieces of fiddle playing I have ever heard
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 09:45 AM

Death notice and funeral arrangements


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: StephenH
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 10:51 AM

Part of what drew me to the Bothy Band was Tommy People's exciting fiddling. I loved the way his bow bit into the strings and the verve with which he played.
Thanks for all the exciting, inspiring music, Tommy. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: StephenH
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 10:52 AM

Sorry, should have been "Peoples'"


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: Vic Smith
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 01:41 PM

1990 YouTube video of Tommy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: GUEST,Gilly
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 05:08 PM

He was a wonderful player and his music will live on; a sad loss. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 07:41 PM

The recording industry didn't always serve Tommy well, but a glowing exception is his album The Quiet Glen. Obviously you think of the Bothies when you think of Tommy. But that album is a gem of his latter years. And there's a lovely portrait of him on the cover...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 03:45 AM

We were present at an early Willie Clancy Summer School when Tommy and Paddy Keenan first got together - it was shortly before the Bothy Band was formed.
We arrived on the Friday night and were told in hushed terms by several people "Keenan's in town"
We'd never heard of him - when we went into Friels he and several other musicians were sitting around a big table in the family kitchen, behind the bar
Paddy was a little worse for wear - he played superbly, fell asleep, would be woken up and would play brilliantly again.....
Tommy was sitting next to him and it was obvious the two were friends and admirers of each other's music

The week has gone down in musical legend in Clare
On Wednesday the two 'borrowed' a nun's bike and rode up and down the main street until someone called the Guards and Keenan was arrested and taken to the Barracks
After the late session that night, we were invited back to where Tom Munnelly and his family were staying, for a session -
Tommy Peoples was one of the company and as the night/morning progressed he became a little agitated at the absence of his friend and stood up saying, "I'm going to get him out - I know what goes on in those places" (he was an ex-Guard) - he was dissuaded from leaving.
A little later there was a knock at the front door - it turned out to be the local Guard who said, "would you take him (Keenan) back, we're closing" (Paddy was staying with the Munnellys)

One evening both of them turned up at a very crowded Friels after closing time and headed straight for the family bathroom, just off the kitchen (it served as a ladies toilet in those days - the men had to use the pile of turf in the yard to pee).
They both went in and shortly afterwards there was the sound of running water
In the middle of all this there was a loud banging on the front door and two guards came in to empty the place.
One came into the kitchen and began to clear out the crowd, when he saw the bathroom door closed, he banged on it loudly
The door swung open and Tommy and Paddy stood there starkers - both drying themselves off after having a bath   
The Guard spun on his heels, turned to the publican, Maisie Friel, and said, "You'll need to be emptying your pub" - then they left
We spoke to Paddy and Tommy about the week years later and both reacted the same - "We were a couple of wild lads in those days"
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 12:57 PM

A wonderful player with a superb touch. His playing inspired many people.

RIP

Peter


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: Uncle Phil
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 07:04 PM

A fine fiddler and an important part of Irish music both as a solo performer and as a part of the Bothy band. Sorry to hear of his passing.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: michaelr
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 08:01 PM

Great story, Jim!!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 18 Aug 18 - 09:07 AM

Irish Times : obituary


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: gillymor
Date: 18 Aug 18 - 12:49 PM

Part one of a very interesting documentary on the man.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Peoples-Donegal fiddler(1948-2018)
From: GUEST,Morris-ey
Date: 18 Aug 18 - 12:51 PM

So sad. My favourite Irish fiddler.


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