Dec 7, 2009

Passing of an Irish Legend

A few days ago the world learned of the passing of Liam Clancy, who along with the Clancy Brothers and Makem, was a legend in Irish music. But as this article explains, these folks (of whom he was the last living) were extremely important to Irish music because they saved and promoted the old traditional tunes. Without their efforts, the world might never know that tradition.

A great tribute to those Irish music preservationists is beautifully portrayed in Tommy Sands's BALLAD OF TOMMY MAKEM. I couldn't find a youtube video, but you can buy the song for just 99 cents.

I for one am grateful for those who kept the tradition alive, and for those like Tommy Sands who "keep on singing."

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