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Siney Crotty, Ross, Kilbaha

Siney Crotty

Photo courtesy Pat Mackenzie

Siney Crotty was a very accomplished old-style singer from Ross, Kilbaha. He was a familiar figure on the musical scene in London in the 1950s, to where he emigrated to work as a carpenter. He later returned to Dublin where he befriended fiddle and concertina player, John Kelly senior, also from the Kilbaha area. He died in March 1984 aged 63., This is his obituary from the 1984 edition of Treoire, the Chomhaltas Ceóltoirí Éireann, magazine:

"Siney Crotty came from Kilbaha in West Clare. This area was a BreachGhaeltacht up to very recent times and so Siney's style of traditional singing was in ornamentation and tone, very close to Gaelic sean-nos. Siney was a highly respected singer not only in West Clare but also in London and in Dublin in each of which he had lived for some years. In recent times he had been working in West Kerry, and the news of his unexpected death came as a big shock to his many friends throughout the country. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. Recordings of Siney's singing may be heard on the CCE cassette ‘Traditional Songs and Singers' and on the Topic L.P. 'The Lambs on the Green Hills'."

The recordings presented here were made when he appeared as guest at the Singers' Club in London.

Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie


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