Brian Clancy brings a presence to every stage and venue that reveals his deep love of music and special relationship with Irish music. His very first solo appearance was in Denver, Colorado, playing Irish ballads on St. Patrick's Day for a college audience. He was sixteen years old.
He has appeared as a singer and guitarist in many different bands, often teamed with his twin brother, Jim Clancy, a singer and banjo player in his own right. As a solo player Brian has been an opening act for Neil Young, for Solas with Henry the Fiddler, and has appeared in Irish Pubs throughout the West, mainly in Northern California and the Rocky Mountains. He regularly appears at Festivals and other musical celebrations in addition to a full schedule of weekly appearances in Colorado's Irish Pubs and Night Clubs.
As a solo performer, Brian is in demand for his quick wit and banter with all kinds of audiences. It never takes long for him to get even the hardest of patron to laugh and sing and clap. Audiences relish the eventful evening where someone is caught not paying attention to song instructions. It's all in good fun.
While very much in demand as an engaging and capable performer alone, Brian enjoys working with other musicians expanding the Irish sounds with multiple voicings. His fondest choice of singing partners is Brendan Clancy, his son. Together, their remarkably similar voices explore the details of Irish ballads, from the haunting softness of "The Patriot Game" to offerings in contemporary Irish popular music, such as The Saw Doctors' "Galway and Mayo", both of which appear on their CD, Songs From Irish Row . Brian and Brendan appear often at all of the venues mentioned as well as the Colorado Irish Festival, Taste of Colorado (Denver's largest outdoor festival with over 100,000 attendees daily) and the Colorado Performing Arts Festival.
Brian enjoys working with instrumentalists, particularly fiddlers. In recent years he has teamed with Henry the Fiddler for a surprising blend of guitar and fiddle on both ballads and traditional Irish/Celtic instrumentals. Henry and Brian combine to deliver one of the most exciting, high energy Irish acts available anywhere, from humorous renderings such as "Finnegan's Wake" and "The Mermaid" to sizzling instrumentals of Irish fiddle tunes.
The band currently performs in many Irish Pubs throughout the U. S., particularly in Colorado. The full schedule of their appearances can be found in the calendar section of this web site. More information about the band, including PDF versions of this biography, is also available as a downloadable packet, or for viewing, in the Media Kit .