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Traditional music great Tommy Peoples dies at age of 70

By Aoife Kelly

Renowned fiddle player and composer Tommy Peoples has died aged 70.

A talented solo performer who played with high-profile traditional groups such as The Bothy Band, he passed away on Friday.

Born in Donegal in 1948, his cousin Joe Cassidy taught him how to play the instrument.

In 1965 he moved to Dublin and became a garda but his involvement in music saw him join a number of groups. He eventually moved to Clare where he married Mary Linnane, and lived there for more than 30 years.

He was named the first TG4 traditional musician of the year in 1998, and in 2013 won the composer of the year award.

Irish President Michael D Higgins led tributes, saying: "Regarded as a master of his craft, Tommy enchanted audiences at home and abroad with his unique style of music, playing with the Kilfenora Ceili Band, the Bothy Band and many other legendary figures in the world of traditional Irish Music.

"Sabina and I send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and all those who knew him."

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