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Subject: Tommy Peoples, Irish fiddler

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Date Posted: Saturday, August 04, 04:29:59pm



Tommy Peoples (1948 – 3 August 2018) was an Irish fiddler who played in the Donegal fiddle tradition.


Peoples was born near St. Johnston, County Donegal, in Ireland. He has been a member of well-known traditional Irish music groups, including 1691 and The Bothy Band as well as performing solo since the late 1960s. He played in the unique fiddle style of East Donegal.

After moving to Dublin in the 1960s, where he was employed as a Garda (member of the Irish police force), he subsequently moved to County Clare and married Mary Linnane, daughter of Kitty Linnane, long-time leader of the Kilfenora Céilí Band. He lived in the village of St Johnston. His daughter Siobhán Peoples is a noted fiddler in her own right.

Tommy Peoples was the Traditional Musician In Residence at The Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, County Donegal.

In July 2015, he launched a self-published book Ó Am go hAm - From Time to Time. The book combines a fiddle tutor by Tommy, along with illustrations and a complete notation of 130 original tunes by Tommy. The book also includes many stories and incidents from his life and musical career.
He died on 3 August 2018.

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