Musicians of Dublin: (Courtesy of The Knotted Chord Archive, 2002).
Paddy Glackin(1954- ) Fiddle.
Born in Dublin but very much associated with Donegal and it’s fiddle style.
His family is from Maghery, Dungloe, County Donegal. His father Tom was a well-regarded fiddle player and teacher. His maternal grandmother played accordion.
Their house was a regular stopping off point for musicians such as Seamus Carroll(from Cork but with time spent in the US and well versed in Sligo fiddle music, especilally Coleman) who taught Paddy.
Paddy started playing fiddle at age 6. At age 11, along with his father, Clare concertina/fiddle player John Kelly and Brendan Breatnach he went to Johnny Doherty’s house in Reelin Bridge, Ballybofey. There they recorded Johnny and Mickey Doherty and the overall experience had a profound effect on the young Glackin. He went on to get to know Johnny and his music very well over the following years. Another fiddle player who influenced Paddy was Brendan McGlinchey from Armagh. He has also learnt from the playing of Denis Murphy, Padriag O’Keeffe and Sean Maguire as well as box player Tony MacMahon and piper Seamus Ennis.
Paddy studied music at the Royal College of music in Dublin. He was taught by fiddle teacher Jim Carroll and also played in the Comhaltas sessions in Clontarf as well as several other regular sessions. One of these sessions was with John Kelly, in the Four Seasons pub, next door to John Kelly’s own shop in Capel Street.
Paddy won All-Ireland senior fiddle titles in the late 1960’s and the Fiddler of Dooney title in 1971.
He played with the group Ceolteoiri Laighean, alongside John Kelly, and later with the group Seachtar, which would change their name to The Bothy Band in 1975.
He has been involved in national radio and television since the early 1970’s as producer and presenter. Among his credits is The Pure Drop television series, >from which a number of commercial videos came.
His recordings have included two solos, and duets with Jolyon Jackson, Paddy Keenan, Robbie Hannon and Micheal O’Domhnaill(his latest release, 2001). He has also contributed to the groups Bakerswell and Cran. His brothers Kevin and Seamus are highly regarded fiddle players in their own right.
Paddy lectures on traditional music, and performs, at the Willie Clancy Summer School each year as well as regularly performing at concerts and festivals throughout Europe and the United States(FV).
You can listen to short samples from some of the tracks from this artist using the player below.