Thursday, August 02, 2007

Tommy Makem Dies

Irish folk singer, storyteller Tommy Makem dies
Last Updated: Thursday, August 2, 2007 | 3:26 PM ET
CBC Arts

Irish singer and songwriter Tommy Makem has died at his home in Dover, N.H.

The 74-year-old, who passed away on Wednesday, had been battling lung cancer, according to his family.

Makem hit the music world as part of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem in the late 1950s and 1960s.

I remember my Dad listening to Makem and the Clancy Brothers quite a lot when I was young. They were good at what they did, and this is very sad. Here they are doing "The Rocky Road To Dublin."

1 comment:

Jennifer 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.