Sunday, July 24, 2016

One Still Occupied: Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy with "Four Green Fields"

Today's random song is by Irish legends Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy. 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, Four Green Fields, was considered Makem's signature composition and can be found on multiple albums. I (Mike) have it on The Makem and Clancy Collection by Readers Digest (2011). This video is concert footage from 1983.