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Paddy Glackin

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Paddy Glackin (b 1954) is an Irish fiddler from Dublin. His father Tom Glackin was from Donegal and Paddy’s fiddle style reflects his family’s Donegal roots. Glackin is considered one of the leading Irish fiddlers in the late 20th/early 21st centuries. He became fiddle champion at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in 1973. Glackin’s primary influence came from Donegal fiddlers, most prominently John Doherty the legendary travelling fiddler whom Glackin always sites as his main influence. His influences are not limited to Donegal however, he also cites fiddlers such as John Kelly, Tommy Potts and Padraig O’Keeffe as important in shaping his overall approach.

Paddy was an original member of the legendary The Bothy Band when they were named Seachtar. The original line-up included Irish music legends Matt Molloy, Donal Lunny, Paddy Keenan, Tony MacMahon, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill. When the group decided to become professional Paddy left and eventually became political and sports editor for RTÉ radio, Ireland’s national broadcaster.

While maintaining his profession in RTÉ Paddy has continued to perform and record Irish music. He has released many recordings including seminal ones such as ‘Doublin’ with the piper Paddy Keenan and ‘In Full Spate’ with Donal Lunny, his debut solo recording ‘Ceoil ar an bhFidil le Paddy Glackin’ featured some tracks with his father Tom and his brothers Kevin Glackin and Séamus Glackin. Kevin and Séamus would later release an acclaimed duet recording ‘Northern Lights’.

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