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Ireland Traditional piper Liam O'Flynn dies at 72

17:43  14 march  2018
17:43  14 march  2018 Source:   bbc.com

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The Irish traditional musician Liam O ' Flynn has died after a long illness at the age of 72 . The Arts Council of Ireland paid tribute saying Mr O ' Flynn was "a virtuoso piper of international renown who brought uilleann piping and Irish music to the world stage".

He was regarded as a master piper and a global ambassador for traditional Irish music. O ' Flynn was born in Kildare in 1945 to a musical family. Remembering Liam Óg O ’ Flynn Uilleann Piper and member of Planxty who has died at the age of 72 Watch: Liam performing here with Planxty 45 years

Liam O'Flynn in 2013: The musician has been praised as a 'king among pipers and a prince among men' © BBC The musician has been praised as a 'king among pipers and a prince among men' The Irish traditional musician Liam O'Flynn has died after a long illness at the age of 72.

Mr O'Flynn, who played the uilleann pipes, had been a member of the well-known group Planxty alongside Christy Moore, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny.

He had also performed with Kate Bush, Emmylou Harris and Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler.

He was considered a master piper and a had a global following among fans of Irish traditional music.

The Arts Council of Ireland paid tribute saying Mr O'Flynn was "a virtuoso piper of international renown who brought uilleann piping and Irish music to the world stage".

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Liam O ’ Flynn , a master at coaxing mournful, inspirational and even rollicking music out of the uilleann pipes, arguably the most difficult instrument to play in the arsenal of Irish music, died on March 14 in Dublin. He was 72 .

Liam O ' Flynn (Irish: Liam Ó Floinn, 15 April 1945 – 14 March 2018) was an Irish uilleann piper and Irish traditional musician. In addition to a solo career and as a member of Planxty, O ' Flynn recorded with: Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Kate Bush, Mark Knopfler, the Everly Brothers

Sheila Pratschke, the council's chairman, said the musician had left an incredible legacy, having collaborated with famous musicians as well as the poet, Séamus Heaney.

Liam Óg O'Flynn was born in 1945 in County Kildare to a musical family. His father was a fiddle player and his mother taught piano.

He was attracted to the uilleann pipes from an early age and excelled at the instrument.

In a tweet, Derry singer-songwriter Phil Coulter said he was "devastated" by Mr O'Flynn's death.

"He was a king among pipers and a prince among men. A complete musician and a gentle soul," he tweeted.

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