Showing posts with label Tommy Makem. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tommy Makem. Show all posts

Thursday, February 7, 2008

tommy makem: will you go lassie go?

The late Irish singer and songwriter and tradition bearer Tommy Makem from a television special with Cherish the Ladies and Barley Bree, all joining in on Will You Go Lassie Go?, or as it's also known, Wild Mountain Thyme, from 1992. Joanie Madden on flutes and whistles, Cathie Ryan lead singer for Cherish.

Friday, August 10, 2007

The Makem Brothers

Remembering Tommy Makem, as we have been recently, here is a video from some years back, although it is undated on YouTube. Tommy Makem introduces his sons, Shane, Conor, and Rory, and friend Brian Sullivan to sing sea songs. These days, the Makem Brothers perform with the Spain Brothers at festivals and on record, still carrying on the music.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Tommy Makem - Four Green Fields

In August 1969, Makem went to sing at the Free Derry Fleadh, a festival meant to give some hope to the people of a town he loved so well, a town that bore the brunt of the bloodshed and battered heads of the Troubles. I've talked to maybe 20 people from Derry over the years who say that hearing Makem's version of "Four Green Fields" was their last great memory, before the north of Ireland descended into complete madness.
Kevin Cullen - The Boston Globe, August 2, 2007

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem - When The Ship Comes In

via Bloomberg News:

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Tommy Makem, the musician, singer and master storyteller who teamed with the Clancy Brothers to popularize traditional Irish folk music around the world, has died. He was 74.

Makem died in New Hampshire yesterday from lung cancer, according to a posting on his Web site.

Playing banjo, tin whistle and singing in a deep baritone, Makem was known as the ``Godfather of Irish music'' for bringing Irish culture to mass audiences. His original songs, such as ``Four Green Fields'' and ``Gentle Annie,'' have become Irish folk music standards.

``He was a great entertainer,'' his lifelong collaborator Liam Clancy told RTE state radio, ``He had a knack of making an audience laugh and cry, holding them in the palm of his hand.''

Working with the Clancy Brothers -- Liam, Tom and Paddy -- Makem shot to fame in the late 1950s and early 1960s, playing to sold-out audiences at New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Royal Albert Hall. They appeared on the ``Ed Sullivan Show,'' ``The Tonight Show'' and every U.S. television network, making them at one time ``the four most famous Irishmen in the world,'' according to Makem's Web site.