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Eugene Clancy Irish music collection

Collection IM-M194-2013: Eugene Clancy Irish music collection


  • Creation: approximately 1935-2012

Scope and Contents

Collection includes a self-published audio recording of the Clancy Brothers Ceili Band, dubs of audio recordings of Irish-American musician Michael Coleman on acetate disc, and a certificate showing Clancy's membership in the American Irish Musician Society.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. Recordings have been digitally copied; all original media were retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical Note

Eugene Clancy was born in Charlemont, County Armagh, Ireland. With brothers Pat and Brendan, he formed The Clancy Brothers Ceili Band, which performed across Ireland in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In I963 the three brothers produced an album, The Patriot Game (Electra Records), under the name The Irish Ramblers, and toured the United States to promote it. After three years of touring, Eugene settled in New York, where he joined, and ultimately took ownership of, a moving and storage business. He returned to music in the 1990s, forming The Clancy Tradition with brother Pat, son John, daughter Rosemary, Pat’s daughter Liadain, and friend Mike Melanophy. They released The Clancy Tradition at the Towne Crier in New York, a live concert recording, in 1998.


"Go On! The Clancy Brothers Ceili Band 1958-1961" recording back cover, shared box 6980, Eugene Clancy Irish music collection.

"The Clancy Tradition: From County Armagh to Chatham, Cape Cod." Boston Irish Tourism Association website. Accessed on 6/7/2022.

"Clancys Keep Family Tradition Alive in New York." The Irish Echo, March 21, 2012.

Clancy Moving website; "About Us"


1.25 Linear Feet (3 containers)

2 Gigabytes (9 files with approximately 1 hour of audio)

Language of Materials



This collection documents Irish music owned by twentieth-century Irish-American musician Eugene Clancy, including audio recordings of Clancy and collected recordings of Michael Coleman.


Gift of Eugene Clancy (2013).

Separated Materials

Published phonograph records associated with this collection have been transferred within the Burns Library and can be found in the Boston College Library catalog.

Eugene Clancy Irish Music Collection
approximately 1935-2012
Lynn Moulton
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States