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Biography

  • Born

    1948

  • Died

    4 August 2018 (aged 70)

Tommy Peoples (1948 – 4 August 2018) was an Irish fiddler who played in the Donegal fiddle tradition.

Tommy Peoples born near St. Johnston, County Donegal, in Ireland was a member of well-known traditional Irish music groups, including Sixteen ninety-one aka 1691 and The Bothy Band, as well as performing solo since the late 1960s. He played in the unique fiddle style of East Donegal.

After moving to Dublin in the 1960s, where he was employed as a policeman, he subsequently moved to Clare and married Mary Linnane, daughter of Kitty Linnane, long-time leader of the Kilfenora Céilí Band.

He lived in the village of St. Johnston. His daughter Siobhán Peoples is a noted fiddler in her own right.

Tommy Peoples was the Traditional Musician In Residence at The Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, County Donegal.

In July 2015, he launched a self-published book Ó Am go hAm - From Time to Time. The book combines a fiddle tutor by Tommy, along with illustrations and a complete notation of 130 original tunes by Tommy. The book also includes many stories and incidents from his life and musical career.

Tommy Peoples died on 4 August 2018.

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