Grasp piper who fashioned people band Planxty dies after lengthy sickness

Irish music large Liam O’Flynn, who helped type influential people band Planxty, has died aged 72.

The uilleann piper, who collaborated with Kate Bush and Sinead O’Connor, had been affected by a protracted sickness.

O’Flynn fashioned Planxty in 1972 together with Christy Moore, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, all of which had been multi-instrumentalists.

Planxty had a number of members come and go through the years and broke up as soon as in 1975, then once more in 1983.

O’Flynn joined the unique three members for a reunion in October 2003 and so they performed their final gig in 2005.

The grasp piper carried out with Bush on her 1985 album Hounds of Love, and performed on O’Connor’s observe My Particular Little one in 1991.

O’Flynn additionally performed with Enya, Dire Straits frontman Mark Knoplfler and The Everly brothers.

Liam O'Flynn
The musician collaborated with Enya and Sinead O’Connor

In 1980, he labored with poet Seamus Heaney and composer Shaun Davey on The Brendan Voyage, which tells the story of an epic sea voyage to the backdrop of orchestral music.

He additionally launched 5 solo albums.

O’Flynn performed the uilleann pipes, that are characterised because the Irish bagpipes.

Irish musician Phil Coulter was among the many first to pay tribute to O’Flynn, a local of Co Kildare to the west of Dublin.

Coulter tweeted: “Devastated to listen to that the good Liam Og O Flynn has handed away. He was a king amongst pipers and a prince amongst males. An entire musician and a mild soul.”

The Arts Council of Eire described Mr O’Flynn as a “virtuoso piper of worldwide renown who introduced uilleann piping and Irish music to the world stage”.

Singer Brian Kennedy tweeted: “I used to be solely occupied with the good Liam O’Flynn about 30 minutes in the past after I was driving close to Kilcullen. I knew he’d been ailing for a while. We met many occasions through the years. What a beautiful man and musician.

“Relaxation in Pipes! BK x”.

Musician and songwriter Eleanor McEvoy, chairwoman of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), stated it was a tragic day for Irish music.

She tweeted: “Simply landed in Amsterdam to listen to the dreadfully unhappy information that Liam O’Flynn, legendary Irish piper has handed away. Unhappy day for Irish music RIP Liam.”

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