NORWICH – The Chenango County Council of the Arts, Norwich, is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style this year with the next generation of the world famous Clancy family – The Clancy Legacy – on Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m.
Robbie O’Connell and Aoife Clancy are the next generation of the Clancy Brothers clan. The first cousins got together for a workshop called “The Clancy Legacy” during the New York Irish Arts Week in 2006 and continue to do concerts together. They have recently been joined by George Keith on fiddle and Erik Wendelken on double bass. The first Clancy Legacy CD was released in March 2010.
O’Connell was born in Waterford, Ireland and grew up in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, where his parents had a small hotel. He began to play guitar and sing at age 13 and soon became a regular performer at the hotel’s weekly folk concerts. He spent a year touring the folk clubs in England before enrolling at University College Dublin where he studied Literature and Philosophy. During school vacations Robbie worked as an Irish entertainer in the U.S.A. A nephew of the Clancy Brothers, he began touring with his uncles in 1977 and recorded three albums with them. In 1979 he moved to Franklin, Massachusetts.