Sunday, January 1, 2017

This Lassie Raises Red Flags: Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy with "In the Town of Ballybay"

A very happy New Year's to you! 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, In the Town of Ballybay, can be found on The Makem and Clancy Collection (1980). There is storytelling at the beginning, and the actual song begins around 2:20.