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Seán Potts RIP

The death has occured of the whistle player who played with Ceoltóirí Chualann and The Chieftains

Seán Potts. Photo taken from "Number 6" album sleeve from 2010

Wed, Feb 12, 2014, 08:28


An original member of Seán Ó Riada’s seminal Ceoltóirí Chualann and a founding member of The Chieftains alongside Paddy Moloney, Seán Potts died yesterday at the age of 83. One of traditional music’s finest whistle players, the Dublin-born Potts came from great musical stock (his uncle Tommy, for instance, was one of the country’s most distinctive fiddlers) and was a musicia capable of adding subtle, sweet notes to any tune,

You can hear a tribute to Potts on last night’s RTE Radio One’s Arena show, featuring Gay McKeown from Na Piobairi Uileann, Harry Hughes of the Willie Clancy Summer School, Peadar O Riada and Peter Browne, here.