Legendry Sligo musician sadly passes

The death has taken place of county Sligo traditional musician, Seamus Tansey, one of the most outstanding flute players of his generation.


A well renowned flute player from Gurteen, Co Sligo, known all over Ireland and beyond.


He began on the tin whistle, got his first flute in 1961 and won the All Ireland Fleadh in Thurles in 1965. He recorded 5 albums, one with Eddie Corcoran, and had a big influence on succeeding generations of flute players. Tansey is one of the references of the “Sligo Style” in Irish flute playing.


He was vivacious, bold, unafraid to express his opinions and deeply passionate about traditional music, its preservation and its history and he was always willing to pass on what he knew to the next generation. He will be very sadly missed by his family, the people of Sligo and the Irish traditional music community

There have been widespread tributes paid to him from throughout the music industry, including Matt Molloy of The Chieftains and members of Dervish.
His good friend and flute player, Michael Flatley, of Riverdance fame, has described him as one of the greatest Irish flute players that ever lived.