Playing around 

Brian Clancy

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Jack Quinns, 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766 Thursdays in September, 7:30 p.m. no cover.

Irish pub singer Brian Clancy thrives on having fun with his audience.

"A group of young people came in with studs all over themselves," he remembers of one of his recent shows. "One girl had a purple mohawk, and I said, "I can tell you're not clapping and singing because you don't want to draw attention to yourself.'"

An accomplished guitar player and singer, Clancy performed his first authentic Irish ballad on St. Patrick's Day in Denver when he was 16 years old. Since then, he has opened for Neil Young, and he and his son, Brendan Clancy, perform regularly together throughout Colorado. The Irish pub songs, he says, are more than 100 years old and were the primary source of entertainment in music halls during the late 19th century, before TVs or stereos.

Clancy, a native Coloradan who grew up in an Irish family, has a contagious enthusiasm that shines through in his music and, especially, during his live shows.

"Colorado Springs is a wonderful place to perform," he says. "When the audience is clapping and singing along, that is where my satisfaction comes from."

Chrissy Roller


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