Willie Clancy (1918-1973) was an Irish uilleann piper. Clancy was born into a musical family on 24th December 1918 in Miltown Malbay, County Clare. His parents both sang and played concertina, and his father, who had been heavily influenced by local blind piper Garret Barry, also played the flute. Clancy started playing the whistle at the age of five, and later took up the flute. He first saw a set of pipes in 1936 when he saw Johnny Doran playing locally.