Aged 70, Tommy Peoples, the wild fiddler from the first incarnation of the Bothy Band has died.
Hot on the heels of the first break up of Planxty, Donal Lunny formed this band to crest the wave curled by Planxty, extending and taking further the incomparable swirl of traditional irish tunes into an acoustic hyperspace. Peoples was already semi-legendary, and I recall the sleeve notes of a Bothy Band best of, commenting euphemistically on his being a little too wayward to stay for long. I suspect they mean thirsty. I was lucky enough to catch the Bothie’s once, toward the end of their existence, long after Peoples had departed, but exciting nonetheless, in a triple bill with Paul Brady and Andy Irvine and with Richard and Linda Thompson. It was transcendent