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One of Irish music’s true gentleman Billy Clifford was presented with the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Gradam at Ballykisteen Hotel during the start of the Tipperary Fleadh. Billy who has lived in the premier county for four decades made two of the classic Topic albums of Sliabh Luachra music over forty years ago. Billy is the son of the late John and Julia Clifford, his mother was the sister of Dennis Murphy. Their Julia, John & Billy Clifford - The Star of Munster Trio (Topic - 12TS310 - 1977) was recorded between 1964 and around a single microphone in Eric and Lucy Farr’s kitchen. Billy was joined on stage by his son Dennis who played his uncle Dennis’ fiddle. Billy is due to release a CD in late summer.

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