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Paddy Canny black and while photograph

Listening to Paddy Canny

On 15 May, the Irish Traditional Music Archive hosted the launch of ‘No Better Boy: Listening to Paddy Canny’. In this blog, author Helen O’Shea discusses the sources she uncovered at ITMA and in other archives, affirming the importance of archival collections for our understanding of musicians and their music in their historical context.

The Tulla Céilí Band, 1957 (photographer unknown), Paddy Canny seated at left, P. J. Hayes standing next to him
Paddy Canny playing in Carnegie Hall, New York, 1956 (photographer unknown)
Máire Ní Chathasaigh (Ceoltóir na Blíana) and Paddy Canny (Gradam Saoil) after receiving their awards (TG4, 2001)