Clancy Brothers' Liam - the last man standing
The final link to the fabulous Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem
- News / Liam, last of Clancy Brothers, dies in Ireland / Click here
- Tom Deignan column / Poignant last interview with Liam Clancy / Click here
- Paul Keating column / Clancy Brothers' Liam: The last man standing / Click here
- Paul Keating column / Tommy Makem's legend will live on / Click here
- Video / 'The Rising of the Moon' / Click here
- Video / 'Roddy McCorley' live / Click here
- Photos / Vintage photos from Irish America archive / Click here
The historical frame of reference to the sixties of last century often conjures up times of turbulence and upheaval that overshadows the winds of freedom and expression that came out of that time.
And in the realm of folk music -- music created by the people for the people that give us glimpses of the times we live in -- that was especially true whether you were talking about America or Ireland.
Out of that milieu came the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, who exploded onto the American landscape in the 1950s poised for greatness in the 1960s who realized their own American Dream in the heady formative folk scene that was Greenwich Village in New York City.
Only Liam Clancy is alive today, “the last man standing” in his own humorous words of the famous quartet that forever changed the landscape of Irish folk music.
As the youngest of those Clancys who lowered the boom on folk music scene, he remains a vital link to those halcyon days when Irish America was feeling its roots.
Two recordings that came out recently for commercial distribution help mark the tremendous impact of those men and their music. One is a compilation CD issued by Columbia Legacy Records (Sony) entitled “In Person at Carnegie Hall.” The other is a DVD titled “Liam Clancy & Friends – Live at the Bitter End.”
At 73, Liam still is a captivating performer and storyteller with decades of marvelous stories to tell enhanced by his poetic and theatrical sensibilities.
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