St Johnston - Carrigans     ~ Co Donegal.

 

Tommy Peoples, Famous Fiddler

Tommy playing in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre during a concert

Tommy Peoples, a St Johnston man, is a famous traditional musician and composer.  He was a member of Irish Music group 1691 and the Bothy Band.  He has been performing solo as well since the latter 1960's.  His fiddling skills are phenomenal.

He went to live in Dublin in the sixties to take up employment as a member of the Garda Siochana. After that he made his home in Clare.  He subsequently married Mary Linnane.  Their daughter Siobhan is also a fiddler of outstanding talent.

Famous groups such as Altan and Lunasa have recorded some of his compositions.

The Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey has appointed Tommy Traditional Musician in Residence.

In 2012, Tommy was granted the honour of being elected a member of Aosdána during its General Assembly at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin.  Aosdána is a body for creative artists whose work is distinguished, original and groundbreaking. 

 

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