01 September 2022

Colm Toner

Colm (left) and Niall Toner in the Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, during the Second Irish Old Time Appalachian Music Gathering, 23 Feb. 2019

With great regret, the BIB learns from Niall Toner that his brother Colm died earlier today at the age of 75, after suffering a stroke during the past weekend.

Colm has a deserved place among the pioneers of performing American folk, traditional, and old-time music in Ireland, as he and Niall, together with the late Chris Twomey of Cork, founded in 1968 the Lee Valley String Band, which was to become Ireland's longest-lived bluegrass/ old-time group. Our deepest condolences go to Colm's widow Siobhan, to his brother Niall and sister Maeve, and to all their family.

© Richard Hawkins

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At 3:36 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to Richard and the bluegrassireland blog for this tribute to my late Brother, Colm. Colm also has two beautiful Daughters, Kate and Anna, and five Grandchildren who will all miss him greatly.

On a technical note, Colm used to put a Capo on the 7th fret of his Guitar so that he could imitate the sound of an Autoharp when we performed Carter Family songs in the early 60s. Rgds, Niall.


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