Tommy Makem (Icon Concert)

Saturday, May 21, 7:30 PM

St Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd., Rockville, MD
$18 advance/$22 door

"This was the kind of old fashioned folk music performance you don't see any more and which today’s performers could well go to school on." A rare thing is Tommy Makem -- singer, storyteller, actor and bard. All of those attributes can be enjoyed today, but it is as a songwriter that he will live for ever. Tommy Makem is the son and heir of the legendary source singer Sarah Makem and is now regarded around the world as "The Godfather" of Irish music. Armed with his banjo, tin whistle, poetry, stagecraft and his magnificent baritone voice, Tommy has been mesmerizing audiences for more than four decades. Tommy's ambition to become an actor took him to New York where he teamed up with Liam, Tom, and Paddy Clancy.

When Tommy appeared at the Newport Folk Festival in 1961, he and Joan Baez were chosen the two most promising newcomers on the American folk scene. In 1969 Tommy left the Clancy Brothers to pursue a solo career. His popularity soared, and he went on to sold out concert tours of Australia, the U.S., Canada and the British Isles, and all within a two year period of time. Tommy somehow found time between concert tours to do several TV series as well. Tommy continued his concert career on a solo basis until 1975 when he was booked for a festival in Cleveland, OH where Liam Clancy was booked as a solo act for the same festival. Tommy and Liam were persuaded to do one set together and thus began Makem and Clancy, the magical combination which was to last until March of 1988 and which garnered them an Emmy nomination for
a TV series done with NH Public Television as well as several platinum
and gold records. Tommy continues to perform as a solist and is also
frequently accompanied by members of his family on tour.

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