There was deep sadness in Donegal and beyond today as news emerged of the death of great fiddle player and composer, Tommy Peoples.

Tommy was born and lived in St Johnston, County Donegal.

In 1961 he joined the well-known Trad group, The Bothy Band. He was also a solo performer, who played in the unique fiddle style of East Donegal.

After moving to Dublin in the 1960s, where he was employed as a Garda. He subsequently moved to County Clare and married Mary Linnane, daughter of Kitty Linnane, long-time leader of the Kilfenora Céilί Band.

Tommy Peoples was also the Traditional Musician In Residence at The Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey.

In July 2015, he launched a self-published book Ó Am go hAm - From Time to Time. The book combined a fiddle tutor by Tommy, along with illustrations and a complete notation of 130 original tunes by Tommy. It also included many stories and incidents from his life and musical career.

Tommy was awarded a painting as recognition of his great contribution to Donegal fiddle playing by Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí.

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