Published DateWOLFEBORO — The Wolfeboro Friends of Music invite the public to take an early St. Patrick's Day musical romp with The Clancy Legacy Quartet at Brewster Academy's Anderson Hall on Saturday March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Sponsors for this event are Green Mountain Communications and Avery Insurance.
Comprised of Robbie O'Connell, Aoife Clancy, Hanneke Cassel, and Erik Wendelken, The Clancy Legacy Quartet builds on the foundation established more than 50 years ago by Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers.
Robbie O'Connell and Aoife Clancy are the next generation of the celebrated Clancy Brothers music clan.
Tommy Makem was one of the organizers of "The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem" (Paddy Clancy, Tom Clancy, and Tommy Makem). In 1956 he emigrated from Keady, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland to Dover New Hampshire where he produced their first album of Irish Rebel songs called "The Rising of the Moon."
Decades later (2006) Robbie and Aoife tapped their innate talents during the New York Irish Arts Week and came out shining in their first Clancy Legacy CD released in March 2010.
Robbie O'Connell, a nephew of the Clancy Brothers, grew up in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, where
his parents had a small hotel. At age thirteen he began to play guitar and sing, soon weekly at the hotel, then touring English folk clubs before enrolling at University College Dublin where he studied Literature and Philosophy. With the release, in 1982, of his first solo album, "Close to the Bone," O'Connell emerged as a touring artist of major stature.
Aoife Clancy (pronounced "Eefa") comes from the small town of Carrick-on-Suir, in Co Tipperary, Ireland,
where her musical career began at an early age. Her father, Bobby Clancy of the Clancy Brothers, placed
a guitar in her hands at age ten, and by age fourteen she was playing with her father in nearby pubs.
In 1995 Clancy was asked to join the acclaimed group "Cherish the Ladies," which continues to be one of the most sought-after Irish American groups in history.
In recent years as The Clancy Legacy, O'Connell and Clancy have been joined by Hanneke Cassel, folk violin, and Erik Wendelken, acoustic bass.
The Wolfeboro Friends of Music eight-concert series runs from September through May for the benefit
of all citizens and visitors in Wolfeboro and the Lakes Region; season sponsor is Points North Financial.
Tickets for Saturday, March 2 are available for $20 at the door; at Black's Paper Store and Avery Insurance
in Wolfeboro; or at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith; by calling (603) 569-2151; or by visiting the website