#OTD in 1932 – Birth of internationally celebrated Irish folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller, Tommy Makem, in Co Armagh.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. Tommy Makem was an internationally celebrated Irish folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller. He was best known as a member of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. He played the long-necked 5-string banjo, guitar, tin whistle, and bagpipes, and sang in a distinctive baritone. He was known as […]

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#OTD in 1922 – Birth of folk singer, Patrick Clancy, in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary.

Paddy Clancy, was an Irish folk singer best known as a member of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. In addition to singing and storytelling, Clancy played the harmonica with the group, which is widely credited with popularising Irish traditional music in the United States and revitalising it in Ireland. He also started and ran […]

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2009 – Death of actor and folk singer, Liam Clancy, from Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary.

‘The best ballad singer I ever heard in my life’ was Bob Dylan’s verdict on Liam Clancy, who died at age 74 on this date. He was the last remaining member of the best-known of all Irish folk groups, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, who made an impression that was strong enough for them […]

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Remembering Liam Clancy who passed on this date in 2009. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. #ThePartingGlass

‘The Parting Glass’ Of all the money that e’er I had I spent it in good company And all the harm I’ve ever done Alas, it was to none but me And all I’ve done for want of wit To memory now I can’t recall So fill to me the parting glass Good night and […]

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1998 – Paddy Clancy, Irish folk musician dies.

Paddy Clancy, was an Irish folk singer best known as a member of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. In addition to singing and storytelling, Clancy played the harmonica with the group, which is widely credited with popularising Irish traditional music in the United States and revitalising it in Ireland. He also started and ran […]

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1932 – Birth of Tommy Makem in Keady, Co Armagh.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. Tommy Makem was an internationally celebrated Irish folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller. He was best known as a member of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. He played the long-necked 5-string banjo, guitar, tin whistle, and bagpipes, and sang in a distinctive baritone. He was known as […]

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2009 – Liam Clancy of the Clancy Brothers passes away.

‘The best ballad singer I ever heard in my life” was Bob Dylan’s verdict on Liam Clancy, who died at age 74 on this date in 2009. He was the last remaining member of the best-known of all Irish folk groups, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, who made an impression that was strong enough […]

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1932 – Birth of Tommy Makem in Keady, Co Armagh.

He was an internationally celebrated Irish folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller. He was best known as a member of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. He played the long-necked 5-string banjo, guitar, tin whistle, and bagpipes, and sang in a distinctive baritone. He was sometimes known as “The Bard of Armagh” (taken from a […]

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2009 – Liam Clancy of the Clancy Brothers passes away.

‘The best ballad singer I ever heard in my life” was Bob Dylan’s verdict on Liam Clancy, who died at age 74 on this date in 2009. He was the last remaining member of the best-known of all Irish folk groups, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, who made an impression that was strong enough […]

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1922 – Birth of Patrick Clancy, an Irish folk singer best known as a member of the group The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.

During World War II he served as a flight engineer in the Royal Air Force in Asia; he also reportedly had been a member of the Irish Republican Army. Following the War, Clancy travelled to Venezuela to search for emeralds, and in 1947 had made it to Canada with his brother Tom. Together they moved […]

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