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About Tommy Makem

Irish ex-pats Tom, Paddy, and Liam Clancy are the quintessential folk musicians of Irish America. After relocating from Cork to New York City in the 1950s, the trio began perfecting their mix of traditional, drinking, and rebel songs, finding themselves at the forefront of the NYC folk revival. Their enormous repertoire, rousing performances, and Aran sweaters were lapped up by both folkies hungry for authenticity (Bob Dylan chief among them) and expats lonesome for the "Old Sod." The group became wildly popular nationwide, and soon brought their legendary show to Carnegie Hall. With a set of songs that tackled serious Irish social issues with both sensitivity and raucous humor, they became heroes to the vast Irish diaspora in the United States. Tommy Makem went solo in 1969, but the trio continued to make music until his and Paddy's death in the '90s.

HOMETOWN
Keady, County Armagh, Ireland
GENRE
World
BORN
1932

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