Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wishing for Youth: Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem with "The Dutchman"

Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy bring us the random tune for the day. Makem, who died in 2007, was a folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller known as the Bard of Armagh. Internationally acclaimed, he was a member of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. A baritone, he played a number of instruments including 5 string banjo, tin whistle, low whistle, guitar, bodhrán and bagpipes. Liam Clancy, who died in 2009, was the youngest member of The Clancy Brothers. He was known for his powerful voice. Bob Dylan considered Clancy the greatest ballad singer ever and he was a hero to the young Dylan as he was learning his craft. He was a central figure in the folk revival of Europe and North America. This song, The Dutchman, can be found Clancy's 1974 album Farewell to Tarwaithie and its 1993 re-release under the title The Dutchman, and on the retrospective album The Makem and Clancy Collection by Readers Digest (2011). This video is concert footage from 1983.