In Memoriam: Tommy Makem, 1932 – 2007

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Tommy Makem, Irish singer, songwriter and storyteller, died Wednesday, Aug. 1 in Dover, N.H. at age 74 after a lengthy bout with lung cancer. This program is dedicated to his memory and his life in folk music, including the pivotal role he and the Clancy Brothers — Pat, Tom and Liam — played in the folk music revival of the late 1950s and 1960s and giving a new direction to Irish folk music.

After arriving in America from Keady, County Armagh as 1955 turned into 1956, Makem — known as “The Bard of Armagh” — enjoyed a musical career that covered more than 50 years. On record, it began in 1956 with the Tradition recording, “The Rising Of The Moon.” During the next 13 years, the Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem recorded a host of albums (mostly for Tradition and Columbia) before Tommy left the group to embark on a solo career. He also performed as a duo with Liam Clancy (who left the group in 1975) in the late 1970s and most of the 1980s. His recorded discography is extremely long. Check out

I finished up the night with selections from singer-songwriter Jack Hardy and hammer dulcimer player Maggie Sansone.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem, “The Rising Of The Moon”, The Rising Of The Moon, Tradition


  • Tommy Makem, “The Bard Of Armagh” The Bard Of Armagh, GWP Records,

  • Tommy Makem, “That Land I Love So Well”, Listen — For The Rafters Are Ringing, Bard Records

  • Tommy Makem, “Little Beggarman”, The Bard Of Armagh, GWP Records


  • Tommy Makem, “Bonnie Laddie Hieland Laddie”, “Come By The Hills”, Paddy Kelly’s Brew”, Listen — For The Rafters Are Ringing, Bard Records


  • Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem, “Fare Thee Well Enniskill”, “The Bold Fenian Men”, “The Leaving Of Liverpool”, Wrap The Green Flag, Columbia

  • Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem & Robbie O’Connell, “When the Ship Comes In”, Bob Dylan/30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, Columbia


  • Tommy Makem, “Gentle Annie”, “Roddy McCorley”, “The Old Orange Flute”, “Red Is The Rose”, “Four Green Fields”, The Tommy Makem Songbag, Shanachie


  • Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy, “The Windmills”, “Move Along”, “The Cause Of My Sorrow”, Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy, Blackbird


  • Jack Hardy, “Black-Eyed Susans”, “Willie Goggin’s Hat”, “The 20th Century”, “If Ever I Pass This Way Again”, The Passing, Brambus


  • Maggie Sansone, “Celtic Jigs”, “Irish Reels”, Celtic Fair, Maggie’s Music