Arty McGlynn obituary: Traditional music’s pioneering guitar man

The breadth of his musicianship led to collaborations with notable artists of the era

Arty McGlynn was an affectionate father, deeply rooted in his family and home place. Photograph: NurPhoto via Getty

Arty McGlynn was an affectionate father, deeply rooted in his family and home place. Photograph: NurPhoto via Getty

Arty McGlynn
Born: August 7th, 1944
Died: December 18th, 2019

Arty McGlynn was the first musician to put the steel string guitar up front and centre in Irish traditional music. He did it with unparalleled virtuosity. His death on December 18th, after a lengthy illness borne stoically, marked the passing of a musician whose legacy is felt among musicians and fans across traditional, contemporary and jazz music.

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