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Westport singer Billy Clarke releases debut album

Local Scene
Henry McGlade

Singer/songwriter Billy Clarke from Westport has been playing music for most of his life. He started out playing in various punk bands in Mayo before truly finding his love of folk music after reading Christy Moore’s book ‘My Life In Song’. He then set out, in his own words, “on a journey to discover and learn about all the great folk balladeers, from Woody Guthrie to Ewan McColl, and also to learn about life through these songs.”
Billy has played music in many different places all over the world, from the pubs and taverns around the west of Ireland to the beaches of southern Spain. Now he is returning to the place where the love of music was instilled in him and where it sounds best – home.
Billy, who plays the guitar and the banjo, has released his first album of self-penned songs with the help of his friend and teacher Castlebar singer musician, John Hoban. The album launch recently took place in Billy’s own living room. On that night, 30 people gathered in this space to hear Billy and John, John’s wife, Isabella, and Billy’s sister, Tara, play and sing a mixture of original songs and covers. They were fed the finest of home cooked food by Billy’s partner, Joan. It was a truly remarkable night and one that will live long in the memory of all there.
Billy hopes to continue on his musical voyage, write more songs and play and listen to more music ‘from the home’. On October 4, Billy and Joan are organising another event in their home. Singer/songwriter and friend Jed Curran will be coming all the way from Rochester, New York, to play in their living room to a host of friends, family and local musicians. It promises to be another heart-warming night.
Billy’s album is available to buy in Lavelle’s pub on Bridge Street, Westport, where his managers Chris Lavelle and Ger Clarke are doing a fine job in promoting the album. Billy would also like to thank Ruth Hyland at Westport Radio and Uri Kohen of The Electric Cave Production for their support in promoting original local music.