Thursday, August 02, 2007

Tommy Makem

Anthony sent out an email about the passing of Tommy Makem.

World-Acclaimed Irish Singer Tommy Makem Dies
DOVER, N.H. — A world renowned Irish singer, songwriter and storyteller has died. Tommy Makem, 74, had been battling lung cancer, according to a message on his Web site.
Armed with his banjo, tinwhistle, poetry, stagecraft and baritone voice, Makem helped spread stories and songs of Irish culture.
Makem was best known while performing with
The Clancy Brothers in the late 1950's and 1960's. Liam Clancy, his life-long music partner, led the tributes, telling RTE Radio in Ireland that Makem was "a man of high integrity" whose "courage really shone through towards the end."
Makem and Clancy teamed up after emigrating to America from Ireland in the late 1950's. They began their careers in acting, before they turned to music


Anonymous said...

God bless him. He'll be much missed!

Unknown said...

I wanted to let you know that on Saturday, August 11, The 2007 ICONS Festival will host a tribute to world-acclaimed Irish Singer Tommy Makem, who passed away earlier this week. The tribute will take place at 8:00 PM at the Abbey Stage on the festival grounds in Canton, Massachusetts.

Makem was originally listed as part of the line-up for the 2007 ICONS Festival, which celebrates the Irish culture through music, dance, literature, sports and much more, but because of poor health, he had to withdraw from the lineup several weeks ago. Now,
noted Irish musician and recording artist Mick Moloney and Irish Echo columnist Earle Hitchner will host the tribute which will feature performances from Irish singers Niamh Parsons, Jimmy Crowley, Heidi Talbot of the group Cherish the Ladies, and Cathy Jordan of the Sligo-based band Dervish.

If you are interested in attending the tribute and the ICONS festival, please visit our website at for more details.

BostonMaggie said...

Thank you Jennifer (not my sister). I will bump this up to a post in the next day or two. i would love to go myself, but I am away that weekend. Good luck with your event!