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Adams expressed condolences on death of Billy McBurney

12 February, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has expressed his sympathy and condolences to the family of well-known music producer Billy McBurney who has died.

Gerry Adams said:

“Billy was a legend in music circles. In the late 60’s and 70’s he recorded and distributed records by some of the most iconic Irish traditional and folk and republican musicians of the period, including Luke Kelly and the Dubliners, The Flying Column, Eugene McIldowney, The Fureys, Sean Maguire, and many others.

The family business, Premier Record Shop and then Outlet Records were familiar Belfast landmarks in Smithfield. In the late 60s and early 70’s he gave a voice to the revival of republican songs as well as to the political revival that took place at that time. 

After the introduction of internment Billy produced one of the most iconic songs of the period, The Men Behind The Wire. 

He was shot by loyalists but despite this  "Despite being shot he continued to record and produce records.

On behalf of Sinn Féin I want to extend my sincere condolences to his family and many friends.

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