Monday, October 31, 2016

Horticulture: Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem with "The Garden Song"

Happy Halloween! Today's song is by two legends of Irish music, Liam Clancy & Tommy Makem. Tommy 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 Garden Song, was written by American David Mallett in 1975 and has been covered by the likes of John Denver, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and The Muppets. You can find it on The Makem and Clancy Collection (1980).