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The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem

The Clancy Brothers are a family of singing Irish expatriates who have been important figures in re-popularizing their native music in North America and are still among the most internationally renowned Irish folk bands. Some even credit the band as important figures in starting the folk revival of the '50s and '60s.

The Clancys, Tom, Pat and Liam were born in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tiperrary, Ireland to a family of nine, all of whom were musically inclined. Tom and Pat emigrated to New York around the early '50s to become actors. Liam and his friend Tommy Makem, born in Keady, County Armagh the son of noted balladeer Sarah Makem, came to the U.S. in 1956. Before Liam emigrated, he had founded a dramatic society and had put on a play taking over the direction, producing and set design himself. He had also acted at the famed Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Both he and Makem also hoped to have acting careers in New York. The Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem (as they were first billed) came together to sing fund-raising concerts for the Cherry Lane Theater and at the Guthrie benefits. Forgoing the stereotypical maudlin Irish ballads in favor of lusty party songs, traditional American and Irish folk songs and even protest tunes sung in close harmony and performed most theatrically, the Clancys soon became popular folk performers around Greenwich Village. In the mid-'50s, Pat founded Tradition Records so the Clancys and Makem could begin recording. Early recordings include "The Rising of the Moon" and "Come Fill Your Glass with Me."

By recording and touring often, the Clancys continued to become more and more popular in Eastern and Midwestern clubs, but it was their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1961 that brought them national exposure. Originally scheduled to only play three minutes, they ended up playing for 16 minutes and became an instant national sensation and soon signed a major contract with Columbia Records. The Clancys continued recording and performing together through 1969. That year Makem left to pursue his solo career. In 1975, Liam departed; he and Makem were replaced by brother Bobby Clancy and their nephew Robbie O'Connell. Since then, the original members have occasionally regrouped for reunion concerts. Tom Clancy died in 1990 but the band continued on. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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libertymtn76
Yes it is, the best Irish music you can find anywhere. Tommy Makem dated my Aunt Ann Gerety when she was a wee lass. And has been friends of the family for a very long time. That is until his Death
the best Irish music my friends
Almost as good as the clancy brothers and Tommy makem
I can feel my Irish roots calling deep inside me when I listen to real Irish songs like these.
Aye!
Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you dont post this you will die in 2 days. Now youve started reading so dont stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it works.

kecour
45 years later they bring me to tears, shivers, laughter and endless joy
Music I can listen year round. But now with St. Patrick's Day nearing it is full time in the house and the car and even in the local pub! Great Music.
philipjtrean o r
Why not - only the Irish could make a story from little or nothing
slapshot1894
Nice sentiment EB. I agree with you totally. I never tire of hearing them.
I grew up with the Clancy's as well and it is a shame that they have passed. I have continued the condition though and enjoy watching my young ones singing to them. As long as we remember them they will be with us.
mb07828
I was 11 when I first heard the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. 47 years later, hearing the first few notes of one of their songs brings back such wonderful memories. I nearly wore out their LPs hour after hour, day after day. To this day, I get chills when I hear their recording of "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya" and laugh out loud when I hear "Finnegan's Wake."
mareseatoats 1
Saw the Clancy Brothers in concert quite a few times. Had a great time each and every time. Got to talk and visit with them after all the shows. Sadly they and Tommy are all gone now. Liam died this past year. I'm sure they are singing with the angels now.
tom.mcgiff
The picture at the top of the page is not the Clancy Brothers and Makem
Brings back teenage memories.
iremember aish song.."irish soldier boy" by Katy Daily, not sure of the spelling, it was in every jukebox in nyc during the 1960's
mmsmith39
I wish the music genome project had the music of the Wolfe Tones, they are another excellent Irish group.
Not my style of Irish folk.
frankyjobob
Cool story bro
Good
Nice Sweaters.

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