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Monday 18 November 2019

Tributes paid to late trad musician Pecker Dunne

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

TRIBUTES have been paid to the traditional musician, singer and storyteller Pecker Dunne who has died at the age of 80.

Mr Dunne was known for drawing on the musical traditions of the Traveller community and sang about the hardship of life on the road.

The Temple Bar Company held a gala benefit concert for the musician at its Tradfestival earlier this year.

Artistic director of the company Kieran Hanrahan said Mr Dunne used his lyrics and music to describe injustices and prejudices and brought the issue of inequality to the forefront of Irish society.

“The Pecker mastered the art and craft of many an instrument, the mandolin, the fiddle and the banjo.

“He was distinctively known for his most precious of gifts, his voice and what that voice could deliver. It was the envy of some of the world’s most renowned rock, pop, folk and traditional singers,” he added.

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