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From the Archives: Makem & Clancy 1977

Friday, March 31, 2023

CelticMKE Center | 1532 N. Wauwatosa Avenue
6:30pm Doors | 7:00pm Show

Join us for an evening of folk songs and stories with renowned Irish folk singer Rory Makem! In addition to the concert, the Ward Irish Music Archives will share digitized footage from Rory Makem's father, Tommy Makem, and Liam Clancy's 1977 television show, including clips that featured many folk performers at the time, such as Jerry Holland and Alisdair McGillvray. Rory Makem will reminisce about the series and perform songs.

On March 31 the Ward Irish Music Archives will also release (on their website) each episode from the Makem and Clancy show, which was originally broadcasted from New Hampshire television station WENH in 1977. Eleven episodes will be released for full public access.

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$20 March 12 online & at the door

Purchase your tickets below or click here to be taken directly to the Eventbrite ticketing page.


About Rory Makem

A seasoned performer with over 32 years on the road, Rory has toured extensively with The Makem Brothers, and the Makem and Spain Brothers and for 17 years played guitar with his father, Tommy Makem. He has played sold-out venues, festivals, and theaters throughout the United States, Canada, England, Scotland and Ireland. At his best on stage, Rory captivates his audiences with charisma, passion for the songs, poetry, history, humor and skilled musicianship.

The love of song runs deep in the family. Continuing a legacy handed down from his Grandmother, the legendary source singer Sarah Makem, Rory pulls the songs of the worker, the sailor, the lovers, the fighters and the land from the pages of history and breathes life into them. An adept interpreter of folk songs, he masterfully accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, mandolin or bouzouki.

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About the Ward Irish Music Archives

The Ward Irish Music Archives (WIMA) collects, promotes, preserves, and disseminates Irish and Irish-American musics in all their forms.  WIMA makes these cultural resources available to researchers, artists, and the general public now and into the future for the purposes of teaching, scholarship, and practice.

Established in 1992, WIMA houses one of the largest public collections of Irish music in America. The pieces in the Archives, as well as events, traveling exhibits, CD projects and our online digital collections ensure this important part of Irish American history is preserved and accessible to collectors, enthusiasts, students and lovers of music in any form.


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