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Posted By: GUEST,Peter Laban
15-Mar-18 - 11:00 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Liam ”g ”' Flynn (1945-2018)
Subject: RE: Obit: Liam ”g ”' Flynn (1945-2018)
Thanks Steve, that would be a good bit of nostalgia indulgence.

I first saw Liam O'Flynn play, with Matt Molloy no less, when I was an impressionable young fella around 1971. I admit I have barely any recollection of this, it was also the night I first saw Sťamus Ennis and the impression left by him overshadows all other memories of that day. But it was that very night that pointed me to a path I am still on.

It was Ennis's music that got me interested in the pipes but, as I said elsewhere, it was eventually Liam O'Flynn at one of the concerts of Planxty's 1979 After the Break tour that pushed me over the edge. I went searching for a set of pipes and found me one within weeks. And the rest of it is, well, I don't know what it is and what it got me into.

Crossed paths with the man a few times since, memories of his playing at early 1980s Willie Clancy weeks, me poring over a tape I made of his playing in 1983, getting at each and every note on the tape. A Na Piobairi Uilleann tionol in Ennsitymon in 1990, me sitting there somewhere playing the Queen of the Fairies and spotting him a few meters away, listening to me. And later on the night Liam playing Ennis' pipes and passing them around for us to try play them. Having eventually relocated myself to Miltown Malbay, late nights in Friel's with him coming in on late August nights when the place was bursting with music. Being part of the group playing in the church in Bodyke when Martin Rochford was laid to rest, Liam leading us through Martin's favourite reels as the coffin was carried away. The call coming saying 'we'll be in Friel's at seven, in B, come, don't tell anyone' playing with Padraig MacMathuna, Tony Linnane and Henry Benagh all night and Tom Munnelly giving out at the bar on the night, Tom himself only a few weeks away from the day we stood at his graveside. Liam coming to town to unveil the scultpure of Willie Clancy or playing with Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin on a dark Januari night in Spanish Point. Just some of the memories. I cherish them.