February 2012

Julia Clifford - My Life in Music from Journal of Sliabh Luachra no.4

Bridgie Kelleher & Julia Clifford

Champion fiddle player, Julia Clifford, a member of the famous Murphy family, was one of Sliabh Luachra’s most notable traditional
musicians. She hailed from Lisheen, Gneeveguilla, where there was music in every house in her youth and her late brother, Denis, was amongst the greatest ever. She won the senior fiddle competition at the 1963 All-IrelandFleadh Cheoil and her son, Billy, won the All-Ireland title for concert flute in 1970. With her husband John
Clifford, and others, she made several records including ‘The Star of Munster Trio’ and ‘The Humours of Lisheen’, Here she tells her own story. She was aged 72 at the time.
[pic]Julia Clifford (right) pictured with her sister Bridgie Kelleher

Bridgie Kelleher & Julia Clifford

Bridgie Kelleher & Julia Clifford

Bridgie "Con Matt" Kelleher & Julia Clifford both from the famous musical family the Murphy's of Lisheen, Gneeveguilla. Sliabh Luachra Journal no.4