Memories and musical compositions of the late Dr. Mc Cann

Lashings of Music:  When the late Willie Clancy was asked what the state of music was when he was growing up, he replied there was “lashings of music” about. For anyone growing up anywhere in Ireland prior to 1950 it was a similar situation.  However with post World War 2 modernisation, electrification and most of all the dark years of emigration in the 1950s everything changed. The resulting demographic of traditional community entertainment is still plainly seen…... lashings of music among the senior citizens and among the youth but sparse among those in middle years. Last Sunday night on the Rolling Wave (RTE radio 1) the music and life of Willie Clancy was presented, reminding us again that the Summer School in his name begins this coming weekend in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare.
Remembering Dr. McCann:  Over the past few years many members of the late Dr McCann’s family have visited us in Cúil na Sméar.  Once again last week, the years when there was “lashings of music about” were brought to mind when another of his daughters visited.  McCann as he was affectionately known was, like many of his musical contemporaries, a legend in his own lifetime.  He was part of the extraordinary group in West Waterford who played a major role in the development of Comhaltas nationally, culminating in the hosting of the All-Ireland Fleadh in 1957 in Dungarvan.
 Kevin McCann moved to Newfoundland in 1971 where he lived out his days never forgetting the times he spent in “lovely Cúíl na Sméar”.  So often in those letters he remembered many of the musicians he had met especially in Clare and Waterford.  Is it any wonder that the local session scene is still so vibrant with players of that wonderful era still to the fore?  His letters are a veritable roll call of those halcyon days and nights, many now among the heavenly choirs, but some, buíochas le Dia, entertaining us still.  We have also received from the McCann family copies of Kevin’s compositions which will be available to students of our music classes in Cúil na Sméar in the coming year.    

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Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach is dedicated to the promotion of all forms of traditional Irish culture. The group's particular emphasis is education of the young generation. We are based in the townsland of Cúl na Smear in the smallest parish in Waterford about 6 miles North-East of Dungarvan.

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