Friday 31 October 2014

Chieftains founder Potts dies

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 12/02/2014 | 02:30

Sean Potts: died yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke
Sean Potts: died yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke

FAMED traditional musician Sean Potts has died, aged 83. The brilliant tin whistle player was a founder member of The Chieftains in 1962. Before forming the legendary group, he was an original member of Sean O Riada's group Ceoltoiri Chualann.

A native of Drimnagh in Dublin, he enjoyed a close friendship with fellow musician Paddy Moloney during the 1950s. They collaborated in setting up The Chieftains.

Mr Potts left the group in 1968 briefly for a contract with Gael Linn Records but rejoined them later. He was also a gifted bodhran player and he included playing the bones in performances with the group. He finally left the group in 1979.

He did a lot of musical work for RTE Radio after leaving The Chieftains. He went on to set up the group Bakerswell, with whom he went on several musical tours of the United States.

He was honorary president of Na Piobaire Uilleann in Dublin.

The widely respected musician was born into a musical family. His grand father John Potts was an outstanding uillean piper and his uncle Tommy Potts was one of Ireland's most distinctive fiddlers.

His son, Sean Og, is a widely regarded uillean piper. Father and son played together in Bakerswell.

Irish Independent

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