A Quick Cuppa with… Finbarr Clancy

The talented singer and musician, one quarter of The High Kings, with the most contagious laugh in show business, shares his love of family and special moments!

Whats your favourite song?

‘Go Lassie Go’ or ‘The Parting Glass’ – either of those songs would resonate with me very deeply, bacause of the family tradition involved with the songs, and singing those songs with my Dad..

Where is your favourite place?

My favourite place in the world to be in! I really like Carrick On Suir – my hometown! I really do!

What’s your favourite item of clothing?

Probably my jeans – because I can just grab them and go! Jeans go with everything!

If you found €5 on the street, what would you do with it?

I’d stick it in me pocket ( roars laughing! )

What is the last TV show that you watched?

Oh my god! …. I watched a feature on the Titanic the other night …….!

What is your best memory?

My best memory……. my wedding day.! ( big smile!)


Who is the most famous person in your phone book?

I actually have Marcus Mumford – no not Marcus… the other guy ( laughs!)! The fella that plays the banjo.. from Mumford and sons! I met him when we did Punchestown Festival 9 or 10 years ago. They were playing and we were playing just before them – it was just before they exploded internationally. I asked the banjo player ‘what kind of music are you in to?’, and he said –’ I really like the Clancy Brothers!’ – my Dad (the late Bobby Clancy) and my uncles! So we had a conversation and I told him about our group, The High Kings, and that we play Irish music and ballads. He asked, ‘ Are you playing in Kerry any time soon?’ I said ‘Yes, we are playing at the INEC in the next few months.’ He told me that he was going out with a Kerry girl and he would love to come and see the show! He gave me his phone number, and, would you believe it, I never called him! (raucious laughter!) I completely forgot to call him! I did ring him later .. to apologise.. maybe he would have come to the show!

What was the last meal that you had?

Spaghetti Bolognese last night. This morning? I dont know if you call that a meal – Breakfast…. I had porridge!

Who did you last compliment and why?

The last person I probably complimented was my bandmate, Brian Dunphy’s son Sam, who sang with his dad a song that his grandfather (Sean Dunphy) sang for the Eurovision song contest. They sang ‘If I could choose’ together, and it was a very special moment.

Finish this sentence.. All I want is….?

To build our house! We are really close to building our house and I just want to get it started now – Its really on my mind!

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A Quick Cuppa

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