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The Clancy Brothers And Tommy Makem

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The Clancy Brothers were an influential Irish folk music singing group. Most popular in the 1960s, they were famed for their woolly Aran jumpers and are widely credited with popularizing Irish traditional music in the United States. The brothers were Patrick “Paddy” Clancy, Tom Clancy, Bobby Clancy and Liam Clancy. Paddy, Tom, Bob, and Liam are best known for their work with Tommy Makem, recording dozens of albums together as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. They were a primary influence on a young Bob Dylan and on many other emerging artists.

Oldest brother Paddy was born on 7 March 1922. Tom followed on 29 October 1924, Bobby on 14 May 1927 and youngest brother Liam Clancy was born 2 September 1935. Tommy Makem was born 4 November 1932.

After serving in World War II, oldest brothers Paddy and Tom emigrated from England to Toronto in 1947 on the S.S. Marine Flasher, along with 400 returning G.I. brides. The only men on board were Paddy, Tom, their friend Pa Casey and a few sailors. Once in Toronto, Paddy and Tom worked various odd jobs before coming to the United States two years later, through the sponsorship of two aunts. Residing for a time in Cleveland, Ohio, the two brothers began to dabble in acting. They decided to move to Hollywood, but their car broke down soon after the trip began. They decided to move to New York City instead.
Arriving in Greenwich Village, New York City in 1951, Tom and Paddy both established themselves as successful Broadway actors, appearing in televised performances of their plays. The two brothers established their own production company, Trio Productions.

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  • Stalaggh

    http://www.lastfm.de/music/The+Clancy+Brothers

    13 Sep 11:49am Reply
  • zephranthes

    Their version of South Australia is just brilliant.

    9 Jan 1:38pm Reply
  • Metaknite

    shit sux

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Eyvindr22

    Whack fol the diddle o the die do day

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Bandersnatched

    The only company you need when drunk.

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • johnurocks

    These guys are so great. Definitely listening to them next time i drink

    5 Nov 2011 Reply
  • alltidhemma

    Don't forget to visit http://irishdsd.com Irish Drinking Songs Daily - for your daily dose of Irish drinking songs. Sláinte

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    Caught some B&W televised footage of them from the mid-sixties, they were - no, are - amazing singers and players of Irish music!

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • fake_line

    The best.

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • snarddog

    The Dubliner's are hardcore Irish pub folk musicians that achieved their fame in Ireland. The Clancey Brothers Had to come to America to find Fame. Plus their lineup kept changing through the years. My feeling is that The Clancey Bros. (especially with Makem) presented the music as and art form, using their stage and acting experience to present the songs. The Dubliners were more traditional, using traditional instruments (tenor banjo, fiddle, tin whistle) with Ronnie Drew giving it all a rough around the edges feel.

    4 Apr 2010 Reply
  • angel_clipped

    Still can't figure out why the dubliners have so many more plays. The Clancy Brothers are so much better.

    3 Mar 2010 Reply
  • keresaspa

    R.I.P. Liam - legend.

    6 Dec 2009 Reply
  • BostonIrish

    The family of Liam Clancy regret to announce the sad death of Liam who passed away at 12 noon today in Bon Secours Hospital , Cork , Ireland . 4/12/2009 Liam, the last surviving member of the Clancy Brothers, is survived by his wife Kim and their four children, Eban, Siobhan, Donal and Fiona. his 8 grandchildren and his sisters Joan and Peg. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and his many fans throughout the world.

    5 Dec 2009 Reply
  • del78

    Just heard that Liam Clancy passed away earlier today. God bless, Liam.

    4 Dec 2009 Reply
  • PhamilyJules

    I need to get me some white sweaters...

    6 Nov 2009 Reply
  • MRadetzky

    Best performance of "Down by the glenside" for me!

    29 Jul 2009 Reply
  • xdaniel2063

    we just made an article about them at www.celtic-rock.de, will be published on August 13th, 2008

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Jazz13

    RIP tommy, thank you for dubliners, flogging molly, dropkick murphys, you live on.

    9 Mar 2008 Reply
  • BostonIrish

    RIP - Tommy Makem

    21 Feb 2008 Reply
  • anglemark

    Tommy Makem died yesterday. Rest in peace.

    3 Aug 2007 Reply
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