Photographing the Willie Clancy Summer School

As part of our contribution to the virtual Willie Clancy Summer School for 2020 we asked 4 photographers to give us their favourite photo from the festival.

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Tony Kearns

Tony's choice (above) was a photograph from 1994 showing two good friends, Junior Crehan and Bobby Casey.

You can find more to Tony's pictures from the Willie Clancy Summer School in the Gallery Colour Photos from Clare by Tony Kearns, 2012 and 2013

©Tony Kearns www.tonykearns.net

Nutan

It is often said that a picture says a thousand words..
In stills photography, the picture has to say it all,  in one frame..
Over the years, I have taken thousands of pictures of the Willie week , and ,the one that came to mind is one of my earliest one of Jackie Small teaching the box to kids in Spanish point.
The picture shows very simply how the music is being passed on, which, besides all the craic, is the essence of "the best week, in my year, in my world."

©NUTAN PHOTOGRAPHY www.nutan.ie

Jackie Small and students / Nutan
Jackie Small and students / Nutan
Jackie Small and students / Nutan

Jackie Small and students / Nutan

© Nutan Photography, www.nutan.ie

Colm Keating

Colm's favourite photograph is of a young piper and whistle player from Rinn, Co. Waterford named Domhnall.  

(c) Colm Keating  www.colmkeatingphotography.com/

Domhnall playing whistle / Colm Keating
Domhnall playing whistle / Colm Keating
Domhnall playing whistle / Colm Keating

Domhnall playing whistle / Colm Keating

© Colm Keating

Peter Laban

This photograph is just one of a selection that we received from Peter and features piper Tommy McCarthy playing a tune, watched attentively by his grandson Pádraic Keane.

With hindsight you can read all sorts of things into the image, considering the piper Páraic has become.

A further selection of Peter's photographs are available in the blog Photographs from Peter Laban

Tommy McCarthy ; Páraic Keane / Peter Laban
Tommy McCarthy ; Páraic Keane / Peter Laban
Tommy McCarthy ; Páraic Keane / Peter Laban

Tommy McCarthy ; Páraic Keane / Peter Laban

© Peter Laban


Thanks to Tony Kearns, Nutan, Colm Keating and Peter Laban for their permission to use their images in this blog, and for their contributions to the various Willie Clancy Summer School image galleries.

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