Claddagh Records

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Claddagh Records
Founded1959 (1959)
FounderGarech Browne, Ivor Browne
Official websiteOfficial site

Claddagh Records is a record label, based in Dublin's Temple Bar area, was founded in 1959 by Garech Browne and Ivor Browne.[1] It specialises in Irish traditional music and spoken word. Garech had been taking lessons at the time from the master piper Leo Rowsome, who had made many recordings in the 1920s and 1930s with H.M.V. and Decca, was to be the first artist to record on the Claddagh label. Leo, on the first-ever Claddagh album " na bPíobairí" (King of the Pipers), produced virtuoso uilleann piping.[2] The second album released by Claddagh was The Chieftains' first recording who are most arguably well-known artists in their roster.[3]

Some recorded poets reading their own works amongst whom were, Patrick Kavanagh, John Montague and a young Seamus Heaney. Liam O’Flaherty's 1981 record was the only one of him reading his own work recorded by Claddagh.[4]

Browne, who died in 2018, was an Irish art collector, a notable patron of the Irish arts, traditional Irish music in particular.[5] He is often known by his Irish name, Garech de Brún, or Garech a Brún, particularly in Ireland.

Ivor Browne is an Irish retired psychiatrist, author, former Chief Psychiatrist of the Eastern Health Board, and Professor emeritus of psychiatry at University College Dublin. He is known for his opposition to traditional psychiatry, and his skepticism about psychiatric drugs. Ivor Browne is a notable artist.

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  1. ^ Gleeson, Colin (2 May 2018). "Losses double at record label that launched the Chieftains". Irish Times. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  2. ^ Maye, Brian (11 September 2020). "King of the Pipers – An Irishman's Diary on Leo Rowsome". Irish Times. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  3. ^ "The Chieftains... out of this world!". Irish Independent. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Guinness scion who was instrumental in the renaissance of Irish traditional music". Irish Times. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Garech de Brún, Founder of Claddagh Records Has Died. President Michael D. Higgins Pays Tribute". Hot Press. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2021.

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