An Irish entertainer and folk musician.
Although a solo artist for most of his career, McCann was a member of the folk group the Dubliners from 1974 until 1979.
He began to perform in folk clubs in the area, and upon his return to Dublin he joined a group called the Ludlow Trio in 1965. In the following year the Ludlow Trio had a hit with their recording of Dominic Behan’s “The Sea Around Us”, which reached number one in the Irish charts.
The Ludlow Trio broke up in the following year, and McCann began a solo career, releasing an album, McCann, and making several appearances on several folk programmes for Telefis Éireann.
He released a second album, McCanned, made a television special called Reflections of Jim McCann, and then hosted a series called The McCann Man.
It was on The McCann Man that he met fellow folk artist, Luke Kelly of The Dubliners. During this appearance Kelly did his only televised performance of the Phil Coulter song "Scorn Not His Simplicity".
He rejoined the Dubliners in 2002 for their 40th anniversary album, but during the subsequent tour was diagnosed with throat cancer.
Although treatment for the illness was successful, the damage to his voice has left him unable to sing.
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