Robbie O’Connell was called “A National Treasure” by Ireland’s top music magazine, Hot Press, adding, “… a man blessed with an enviable turn of phrase and a gift for melody bestowed on only the few.”
Born in Waterford, Ireland and grew up in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, where his parents had a small hotel. He began to play guitar and sing at age thirteen and soon became a regular performer at the hotel’s weekly folk concerts.
A nephew of the Clancy Brothers, he began touring with his uncles in 1977 and recorded 3 albums with them. With the 1982 release of his first solo album, “Close to the Bone,” Robbie emerged as an artist of major stature. Soon after, he began touring extensively with Mick Moloney and Jimmy Keane, and also with Eileen Ivers and Seamus Egan in the Green Fields of America. In 2006 he began an ongoing collaboration with his cousins Aoife and Donal Clancy. The Clancy Legacy.