Makem, Tommy

Makem, Tommy
▪ 2008
Thomas James Makem  Irish folk musician
born Nov. 4, 1932 , Keady, County Armagh, N.Ire.

died Aug. 1, 2007, Dover, N.H.
earned the sobriquet “godfather of modern Irish music” as he popularized and rejuvenated traditional, often sombre, Celtic music in the U.S. and throughout the world during the 1960s. Makem, the son of traditional Irish vocalist Sarah Makem, immigrated to the U.S. in 1955 to become an actor, but he found greater success as a singer, teaming up with the Irish-born Liam, Tom, and Paddy Clancy to form the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. After recording their first two albums, The Rising of the Moon: Irish Songs of Rebellion (1956) and Come Fill Your Glass with Us (1959), the group soared to stardom in 1961 when they performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. Later that year Makem also produced his debut solo album, The Songs of Tommy Makem. He left the group in 1969 to perform on his own, but he reunited (1975–88) with Liam Clancy before reverting to solo work. Makem was awarded the World Folk Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.

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