Irish singer Seamus McGowan died in hospital in Limerick on Friday, aged 76.
The singer was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2006, but continued to perform and had been performing with the Irish National Symphony Orchestra (INSO) since 1996.
The Irish Times described him as an “unusually quiet, talented, hardworking and funny” singer and said he had “a special place in the hearts of all who knew him”.
“He loved the music, he loved singing, he had a gift for words and he was loved by millions of people around the world,” INSO director, Sean McKeown said.
“He was a true gentleman.
In the years since his death, he was featured in many films and appeared on the BBC’s popular Irish TV series The World at One, which he co-produced. “
The music and the world of Irish music will never be the same.”
In the years since his death, he was featured in many films and appeared on the BBC’s popular Irish TV series The World at One, which he co-produced.
His songs were also covered by pop groups including Radiohead, Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding.
In 2014, Irish singer Peter O’Malley, who sang with Seamus, died at the age of 69.
The country singer was one of Ireland’s best-known country singers and had a strong connection with the country, his manager told the Irish Times.
“It’s a tragedy for Seamus and we will miss him terribly,” he said.
He also performed with the INSO in 2011, 2013 and 2015, as well as the Irish Royal Irish Drum and Bugle Corps, the National Symphony, the RTE National Radio Orchestra and other groups.