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Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away (1932-2007)

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Subject: ADD: The Winds Are Singing Freedom (Makem)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Mar 20 - 08:08 PM

Somebody sang this Makem song this afternoon.

THE WINDS ARE SINGING FREEDOM
(Tommy Makem)

And the winds are singing freedom
They sing it everywhere
They sing it on the mountainside
And in the city square
They sing of a new day dawning
When our people will be free
Come and join their song of freedom
Let it ring from sea to sea

In the battered streets of Belfast
Can't you hear the people cry?
For justice long denied them
And their crying fills the sky
But the winds of change are singing
Bringing hope from dark despair
There's a day of justice coming
You can feel it in the air

Chorus

Too long our people suffered
In their misery and their tears
And foreign rulers used our land
For about eight hundred years
It's a long road has no turning
And I know that soon we'll see
That day of justice dawning
When our people will be free

Chorus

There's a time laid out for laughing
There's a time laid out to weep
There's a time laid out for sowing
And a time laid out to reap
There's a time to love your brother
There's a time for hate to cease
You must sow the seeds of justice
To reap the fruits of peace

Chorus

Source: https://www.antiwarsongs.org/canzone.php?id=2188&lang=en

I haven't made corrections to the song yet.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: gnu
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 02:27 PM

Dunno why this one came up in the search as I did not read it.... cut and paste it and read it to see if it hepls, Denis

http://www.mudcat.org/Detail.CFM?messages__Message_ID=2449868


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: gnu
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 02:25 PM

Dennis... cut and paste this... I'll go get another one...

http://www.mudcat.org/Detail.CFM?messages__Message_ID=2117863


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Denis Curran
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 02:16 PM

I have been searching like crazy for:Ould Heelball you're boozing again ; may also be known as: Ould Waxie you're boozing again. Can you help please. drdeniscurran@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: olddude
Date: 17 Nov 08 - 11:45 AM

I want to cry,
I loved his music, grew up with it, my kids grew up with it

a very very sad day

in my prayers and heart forever

Thank you Tommy for all the memories and all the music


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: gnu
Date: 14 Jan 08 - 06:18 PM

And, I am very pleased that so many more are being made available... not just of Tommy's, but of The Clancy's and many others... here is one of my fav's.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: gnu
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 07:55 PM

Gosh. I was just at the tube and saw that there are a bunch more videos of Tom's on.... including this one, which truly shows Tom in a way that some people know him.


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Subject: Radio memorial to Tommy Makem
From: Felipa
Date: 20 Aug 07 - 07:25 AM

I was listening last night and luckily heard Bobby Hanvey's "Travelling Man" programme at 11 pm. He rebroadcast a Dec 2006 interview with the late Tommy Makem. Much of the discussion was about the significance of crows!

Also mention of a Tommy Makem album of workers'/trade union songs whet my curiousity. I don't think I've heard any tracks from that recording.

See http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=17877#174240 for info on Downtown Radio

I expect the programme will be archived on line for the rest of this week?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Barry Finn
Date: 12 Aug 07 - 03:12 AM

Tommy was sent home this evening in fine fashion. Lots of songs sung by family & friends that he & the Clancy's made popular over the years, mostly led by his sons & their partners the Spain brothers & cousins but also by the many other relations & friends at hand. Mickey Spain did a great rendition of Ewan MacColl's "My Old Man", you could hear a pin drop as the eyes all around were being wiped of tears. No father could be more proud of his sons.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Aug 07 - 04:30 PM

Ah, thanks for explaining, Jeri.:-)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Jeri
Date: 11 Aug 07 - 10:14 AM

It was supposed to be, but wherever I linked to is gone now, so I deleted it. Tom's (curmudgeon) link has photos.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Jeri
Date: 11 Aug 07 - 10:08 AM

You did, but the Newspaper's site has the photos. (Same link Tom just posted)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Aug 07 - 10:02 AM

(Ummm, Jeri, that's the article I copied and pasted just a few postings before.)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: curmudgeon
Date: 11 Aug 07 - 09:15 AM

Links to all the features in   Foster's -- Tom


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Barry Finn
Date: 11 Aug 07 - 01:07 AM

Shane has been informed that there is a mudcat thread honoring his father.
My condolences to his family.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: ard mhacha
Date: 10 Aug 07 - 02:18 PM

To-days Irish News Belfast, gave a full account from Foster`s Daily Democrat, Dover New Hampshire, this included photographs and the many tributes.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: C. Ham
Date: 10 Aug 07 - 11:27 AM

Mike Regenstreif featured a tribute to Tommy Makem on Folk Roots/Folk Branches this week that included songs by Tommy solo, by Tommy and Liam Clancy, and by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy.


playlist

podcast page


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 10 Aug 07 - 11:18 AM

I never had the pleasure of his company nor the golden opportunity to see him perform live, with or without the Clancys. But his voice and wit and charm will ring in my ear as they always have, and I will always cherish the gifts he so warmly and openly shared with us all. He made everyone feel a little bit Irish. My very best to his family and friends. St. Peter must be clapping hands and singing along as I write this.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: pattyClink
Date: 10 Aug 07 - 09:49 AM

Thanks, kat. You are right, these ephemeral newspaper links ought to be replaced with text when it is something really 'archive-worthy'.

I read Liam's board last night, and there is so much sadness over his passing, 'an era ending' etc.    That's not the way to honor him. We need to be sure to get out and support our local bard, or BE our local bard. Go see Mairtin de Cogain, for example, who is a young fellow very much in the Makem tradition. Anybody care to name others--besides the great man's kids?


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Subject: Portsmouth (NH) Herald re' Makem funeral
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 10:52 PM

And here's the one from Tom/curmudgeon...thanks Tom and Patty for the links. I can barely see for the tears just thinking of Liam singing the Bard of Armagh on this day.


By Chris Elliott
August 09, 2007 12:24 PM

A visitor to Dover on Thursday morning would have known something big was happening, that a dignitary was visiting or that a show business celebrity was in town. In fact, both of these statements would be accurate in explaining the large crowds near downtown Dover this morning. The internationally renowned musician who had adopted Dover, N.H. as his home, Tommy Makem, was being buried.

Of the various celebrities that have called the New Hampshire seacoast area home, there is none more luminescent than Tommy Makem. His influence on American folk music and on traditional Irish music is practically indescribable. He is the author of numerous immortal songs and was a performer nonpareil. Any Tommy Makem fan will tell you without guile or hyperbole that right into the last years of his life, he was still refining and improving his craft.

Rather than deteriorating from vigorous use, his voice was still growing in expressiveness and wisdom as he entered his seventies. He was felled by lung cancer, but his artistry remained in full bloom. Indeed in his eulogy, it would be told that when asked if he intended to retire soon, Tommy responded, "I retire every night." The anticipated overflow of attendees were shuttled to and from St. Mary's Catholic Church on Third Street via two C&J Trailways buses that left from the Dover Middle School. Downtown traffic was snarled coming into town by attendees who took their chances on nearby parking. Attendance was such that the overflow was seated in the nearby rectory with a video feed of the proceedings in the church.

It was a crystal clear, sunny, arid day in Dover, a typical example of the sunny summer days that charmed Tommy Makem into to selecting Dover as his home. St Mary's church swelled to capacity and reverberated with the cacophony of an anxious crowd. All fell silent as the pipes played and Tommy Makem's casket was carried in off of a Dover Fire Department truck and into the church. Tommy enjoyed a close relationship with Dover's fire and police departments, and they afforded their friend this last honor.

First to speak was Sister Anastasia, who read the familiar passage from Ecclesiastes about a time for every season. She was followed by Molly Dickerson, Tommy's granddaughter, who read a beautiful piece entitled, "The Amazing Man My Granda Was." Father Cerullo read a homily recalling sweet stories of Tommy and his family. Tommy was a communicant at St Mary's and a valued parishioner. He referred to Tommy as a "master of kindness." He recalled the biblical use of the phrase, "salt of the earth," noting that in those times, salt was a highly valued commodity, suggesting that in this sense, Tommy was "the salt of the earth and the light of the world." He said that Tommy's mission in life was to do the right thing, a strategy that he contended would "confound some and astonish the rest." He said that Tommy told him that his mother "sang incessantly," and that he must have picked it up from her. It was clear that here was a dear man who had lost a dear friend, and who was keeping his sorrow at bay for the sake of the hundreds of people who were at his church to process their own grief that day. Surely, his tears would come with a smaller, more intimate audience.

There was a presentation of gifts that included an American flag, an Irish flag, Tommy's banjo, bread, wine, Irish sweaters, doctoral degrees, a whistle and a fire helmet. Family and friends spoke at the end, including Father MacPhadin, Eugene Byrne, Peter Makem, and Tommy Hardiman. Father MacPhaidan related Tommy's generosity on and off stage, saying that he was a slave to encores, and that if the audience was with him, he would have a hard time leaving the stage. He recalled Tommy walking out onstage to a third or fourth encore and saying, "Have you no homes to go to?" To close, Tommy's longtime musical partner Liam Clancy played concertina and sang The Bard of Armagh. As the crowd spilled out into the sunny Dover street, the reality of this day's meaning seemed to settle in. There were more tears outside than there were during the ceremony. Beet-faced, white-haired men with the map of Ireland etched into their faces wept and held one another, tears streaked across women's cheeks, some under veils, some fairly crippled with their grieving. The long, solemn procession followed the fire truck to St. Mary's cemetery where the Bard of Armagh himself was laid to rest.


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Subject: Foster's Daily Democrat article re' Makem funeral
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 10:47 PM

It's okay and, even preferable for archiving, to post full articles when they are about music, esp. someone like Tommy. Here's the one PattyClink posted about


DOVER — Tommy Hardiman greeted his cousin Tommy Makem at Boston's Logan Airport in 1955.

It was the first day of an American journey that would lead Makem to worldwide fame.

Hardiman also was in the room last Wednesday when the vaunted Irish-American singer passed away at the age of 74. Makem, a longtime Dover resident regarded as the "Godfather" of Irish music, died Aug. 1 after a yearlong battle with lung cancer.

"I can only thank God for allowing me to be that close to this noble man," said Hardiman, speaking at Makem's funeral Thursday at St. Mary Church. "Thank you for allowing us to sit back and dream of our ancestors and our ancestral home."

At least 1,500 people — including friends and family, local and state dignitaries and admirers of Makem's work — came to pay their respects at his service Thursday. They filled pews inside St. Mary Church, where Makem was a communicant, and overflowed into an adjoining room where the ceremony was being telecast.

As Hardiman finished up his remembrances, the faint sound of a handheld accordion intervened, played by Makem's longtime friend and collaborator Liam Clancy. Holding the squeezebox in his lap, Clancy sang the traditional song "The Bard of Armagh," a tribute to Makem, who was known by the same name.

"The songs you sang, the words you spoke, will always be remembered," said Makem's granddaughter Molly Dickerman. "You were a fighter, a lover, and most of all, an amazing person."

Crowds gathered along the sidewalks prior to the funeral as the City of Dover Fire and Rescue Department's Engine 3 led a processional down Central Avenue and Chestnut Street, its lights flashing and sirens silent, carrying with it Makem's casket.

The casket was draped with both Irish and American flags and brought into the church while the fire department's color guard and the police department's mounted patrol stood at attention. Flags adorned with Celtic crosses fluttered above the doorways.

"You can feel the weight of his presence in our midst today," said Rev. Bartley MacPhaidin, a former president of Stonehill College, where two of Makem's sons went to school.

Because he was studying abroad in the 1960s, when The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem sailed to stardom, Father MacPhaidin was unaware of their success when he first returned to Ireland in 1965. When he got home, he said, they were all the rage.

"And what a blessed rage it was to our ears," MacPhaidin said. "Their rage was a rage for joy and a rage for happiness ... it was a rage that uplifted people and bound people together and raised souls that hadn't experienced an uplift in years ... They did that for thousands and thousands of people."

Though famous for his singing, banjo playing, and storytelling, Makem's funeral was more about the man he was offstage. Friends and relatives called him a kind man who gave generously, lived modestly and loved his children and grandchildren dearly.

Gov. John Lynch and former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen were both in attendance along with a number of city officials, including Mayor Scott Myers.

Afterwards, the processional left St. Mary Church for St. Mary Cemetery on Dover Point Road, where Makem was laid to rest alongside his wife, Mary, who died six years ago. About half the funeral attendees congregated around the grave site, forming a large circle around Rev. Fritz Cerullo.

Eugene Byrne, a local resident and fellow Irish musician, lamented the loss of Makem, who he called his mentor, teacher, hero, and friend.

"He was the music, he was the story. He was the words, he was the song," Byrne said. "The singer has passed, but the songs will live on forever."


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Big Mick
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 06:38 PM

Strong in the coming, Stronger in the leavin'. God be good to ya, Tommy Makem.

All the best,

Mick Lane


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: curmudgeon
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 05:43 PM

More from the   Portsmouth Herald   -- Tom


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: kendall
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 05:33 PM

I couldn't go. Keeping him in my memory as a powerful singer, poet and funny guy is what I want to do. The memory of what we had will never die.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: pattyClink
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 05:08 PM

about the day:

link


"Farewell, my friends, I'm leaving soon,
I'm gone away for a while,
oh, but I'll be back and see you all,
should it be ten thousand miles, my friend,
should it be ten thousand miles."


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 08:39 AM

My heart is broken for you Tommy. And for your family.
You were a lovely man as well as really really talented. Go n'eireigh an bother leat.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Timbertall Girl
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 12:01 AM

I'm so sorry to hear about this. Tommy Makem was one of the artists I've loved almost all my life since small kid time. He was a major influence on my in my singing of traditional music. I send deepest sympathy to his family and the many friends he had. Sandi


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: curmudgeon
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 08:52 PM

The church seats 700. As of Sunday night, 400 seats were spoken for. I chose to pay my respects today and allow others to take the few seats that may be left - Tom


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Jeri
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 08:50 PM

Tom are you going?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: curmudgeon
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 08:38 PM

Update.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Jim Lad
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 05:35 PM

Thanks Tom.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: gnu
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 05:17 PM

Sniffles and....

Thanks Tom (curmudgeon)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: curmudgeon
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 05:06 PM

Just returned home from the wake; closed casket, Irish and American flags on the wall above, the banjo to the side, a side table with photos and three plain looking penny whistles. There was softer Irish music in the background and a powerpoint slide show running.

Said hello to Katy and Rory and spoke briefly with Conor and Shane. Conor allowed as to how the impact of the loss hasn't really set in - they've been too busy. They also had to cancel some gigs, but Conor added, "People will understand."

Not only did Tommy Makem leave us a wealth of song and an incomparable style of singing,
but also three fine sons and a daughter who are carrying on the tradition he treasured.

I'll post links to articles and photos of the funeral tomorrow - Tom Hall


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: mick p r.m s.c
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 02:51 PM

I have never been religious but for Tommy I make an exception.

    GOD BLESS YOU. XXXXXXXX


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 07 Aug 07 - 03:11 PM

For those who are unaware (Rapaire), Dover, NH not only has multiple traffic lights, the convergence of a number of highways, multiple exits off the Spaulding Turnpike and, last but definitely not least, the most convoluted and tortured downtown traffic pattern of any larger town in New England.

Oh, yeah, then there's trains and bridges.

And that's in the best of circumstances.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 05 Aug 07 - 12:42 PM

Thank you Tommy ! You will live forever in song and story!

             An Irish Blessing
"May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand."
         
                     Sandy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: goatfell
Date: 05 Aug 07 - 03:54 AM

So the only orginal one left is Liam Clancy, as Paddy, Tom And Tommy Makem have all past on, up to the great folk club in the sky.

Tom


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Aug 07 - 11:50 PM

I didn't know Dover had a traffic light, much less a traffic jam. Yes, he would be amused!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Greg B
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 11:49 PM

Wouldn't Tommy be amused and amazed, to see his funeral the cause
of a traffic jam in Dover?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 08:05 PM

Thanks, Tom. Here it is:

Friday, August 3, 2007

Makem tributes pour in; services to be held next week

By THOMAS R. KRESSLER
Democrat Staff Writer
tkressler@fosters.com

Article: Tommy Makem, 'Godfather of Irish music'


DOVER — As news of iconic Irish folk musician Tommy Makem's death spread throughout the world Thursday, tributes, messages of condolences, and fond remembrances poured out.

During more than 50 years of music-making, Makem, who lived in Dover for most of those years, built up a fan base of millions and touched the hearts of just about anyone who saw him perform or had the privilege of meeting the man they called the "Godfather" of Irish Music and the "Bard of Armagh".

Though his spirit lives on everywhere, in Dover there are plans to keep Makem's memory alive in a tangible way.

Even before Makem's death, a small group had begun meeting to discuss the possibility of placing a memorial to him within the city. Former Mayors Wil Boc and Jack Buckley, musician and friend of Makem's Eugene Byrne, Makem's son Shane, and Tommy Hardiman had hoped to get the statue up before Makem's passing.

Makem died Wednesday night following a yearlong struggle with lung cancer.

"His impact on Dover has been monumental," said Boc Thursday. "He is an international star and a local here. I think Tommy was able to do both things. He was able to play on the international stage but he was a hometown Dover boy at heart who gave his heart and soul to the community."

Before spending the later parts of his life as a successful solo artist, Makem, a banjo player and baritone vocalist, played with the traditional Irish folk group The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. Many credit the group with popularizing Irish much in the United States, and they gained worldwide acclaim, largely during the 1960s folk revival.

Though he was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2006, Makem continued to play shows and on July 4 received an honorary doctoral degree — his third — from the University of Ulster. His last performance took place in May of this year in Chicago.

Boc and cohorts plan to incorporate as a nonprofit called "The Bard Foundation" and expand their scope to include raising money for a memorial scholarship fund. So far they are not taking any donations for the statue project, but estimate the cost will be between $60,000 and $70,000. Locations are still being staked out, but some potential spots include Immigrants Park on Main Street, Henry Law Park, or somewhere along the waterfront.

There are also plans to erect a similar statue in Makem's hometown of Keady, located in the County Armagh, in Ireland. Makem emigrated to the United States in 1955.

"It would be a memorial to Tommy, one of our first citizens here in Dover, but it would also commemorate the rest of the immigrants that came to this country," said Byrne, a fellow Irishman.

Right now, supporters may make a donation in lieu of flowers to the recently established Tommy and Mary Makem Fund, c/o Shaheen and Gordon Law Firm, 140 Washington St., Dover, N.H. 03820, or to the charity of one's choice. Makem's wife, Mary, who was a community fixture for many years, died in 2001.

Despite Makem's worldwide acclaim, many in Dover and surrounding communities were unaware that such an esteemed figure was one of the Garrison City's own. Makem's humility and distaste for celebrity may have contributed to that, some say.

But his importance in musical history is undeniable.

"It's like people who live at the foot of Mount Washington, you take it for granted after awhile," Boc said. "As far as Irish music goes, he's the Mount Washington."

Makem's funeral mass is planned for 11 a.m. next Thursday at St. Mary Church, where he was a communicant. A three-day wake will be held at the Tasker Funeral Home, 621 Central Ave., during the following times: Monday, Aug. 6 from 7-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; and Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Because parking is limited, those from out of town who are planning to attend the funeral are being asked to park at Dover Middle School, 16 Daley Drive. Buses, donated by C&J Trailways, will take those people to the church, the grave site and back to the school.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 07:58 PM

Keith, thanks for the link. Here's the whole thing:

From The Times
August 3, 2007
Tommy Makem
The godfather of modern Irish music who left a huge mark on the 1960s US folk music scene

Tommy Makem was voted, along with Joan Baez, as one of the two "most promising" acts at the Newport Folk Festival in 1961. Within little more than a year he had been usurped and it was Bob Dylan who was playing king to Baez's queen in the burgeoning Sixties American folk movement. But the assessment of the festival judging panel was perceptive, for Makem was a seminal figure who became known as the godfather of modern Irish music and was still a popular and much loved performer 40 years on.

He was born into a family of singers in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, and his mother Sarah Makem was reputed to have a repertoire of more than 500 songs. She never performed outside her own rural locality, but her evocative voice and extensive song catalogue attracted the attention of the BBC, which recorded her singing the title song of its influential 1950s folk series, As I Roved Out.

Such a background meant, as Tommy Makem later put it, that he learnt to sing before he could talk. When the American collector Diane Hamilton recorded his mother in the early 1950s, she also recorded his rich baritone and he made his first appearance on disc on the 1955 compilation, The Lark in the Morning. During her visit, Hamilton also introduced Makem to Liam Clancy, a young singer from Co Tipperary. It was the start of a fruitful musical partnership that would endure for another four decades.

Seeing more future for Irish traditional music in America than at home, both Makem and Clancy emigrated in 1956. By this time, Clancy's elder brothers Tom and Paddy were already living in New York, where Paddy was running the Tradition record label. Makem and the three brothers began to perform as a quartet, first at parties and then, as their fame spread by word of mouth, in New York's Irish clubs and bars.

The Rising of the Moon , the first Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem album, was released in 1959. The set comprised mostly Irish rebel songs and was followed swiftly by Come Fill Your Glass With Us — Irish Songs of Drinking and Blackguarding.

Dressed in the trademark Aran sweaters that would become the stereotypical sartorial standard for other Irish performers from Val Doonican to the Dubliners, they had a vigorous and earthy approach that made them favourites on the emerging American folk scene. The centre of musical activity at the time was Greenwich Village, New York, and the quartet sang and hung out regularly in its bars and coffee houses, where they met and befriended young American singers such as Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan.

National prominence followed when they appeared on Ed Sullivan's television show in late 1961 and they graduated from pass-the-hat appearances at folk cellars to the concert stage at Carnegie Hall. In 1963 they performed at the White House for President Kennedy, who was ever eager to cultivate the Irish constituency.

They were also serious musical innovators and without their early influence it is doubtful whether the Celtic cultural tiger would have gone on to roar in the way that it later did. Until the arrival of Makem and the Clancys, Irish traditional song had been sung mostly unaccompanied in a dated style that was dying on its feet. Influenced by such American folk acts as the Weavers and the Kingston Trio, the quartet reinvigorated the tradition by backing their hearty harmonies with guitar, whistle, harmonica, drums and banjo.

Makem was an accomplished whistle player and is also credited as the first to introduce the five-string Appalachian banjo into Irish music when he used the instrument on his 1961 solo debut album, The Songs of Tommy Makem. The set included such, then little-known, traditional songs as The Foggy Dew and The Irish Rover, which would soon become standards and the subject of hundreds of cover versions. It also led to his award-winning performance that year at the Newport Folk Festival.

With America conquered, in 1963 the quartet returned to Ireland for their first concert on home soil. Their international acclaim was crucial in restoring Ireland's pride in its own musical traditions and led the way for the success of such groups as the Dubliners.

But their influence was considerable, not only in reviving and transforming Irish music, but also on American folk performers. Dylan adapted their version of Dominic Behan's The Patriot Game to become With God on Our Side, one of his most potent early protest songs. Decades later, Dylan acknowledged the debt when he invited Makem to appear at his star-studded 30th anniversary gala concert at Madison Square Garden, New York, in 1992.

In 1961 they moved from the tiny specialist Tradition label to Columbia and averaged at least an album a year throughout the rest of the decade. Makem, who had also developed as a songwriter with compositions such as The Winds are Singing Freedom, Gentle Annie and the much covered Four Green Fields, eventually left for a solo career in 1969.

He thrived touring as a solo act and hosted a number of television shows. But in 1975 he found himself sharing a bill with Liam Clancy again at a festival in Cleveland, Ohio. They did a short set together and the euphoric reception persuaded them to resume their partnership. They continued to work as a duo until 1978, making six albums, including Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem in 1976. This included their famous cover version of Eric Bogle's And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda.

After they went their separate ways once more in 1988, Makem continued to perform on the international Irish circuit. He also ran a club, called Tommy Makem's Irish Pavilion, on the corner of 57th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York. The club was used as the venue for the after-show party after Dylan's 30th anniversary concert, and Makem loved to tell the story of how he turned up after the concert and was initially refused entrance to his own pub by Dylan's security as he had mislaid his ticket.

In 1997 he published the book Tommy Makem's Secret Ireland, which indulged his interest in Celtic mythology. Two years later, he began a similarly themed one-man theatrical show, Invasions and Legacies, which explored themes from Irish history and legend. He continued to record, and his 1998 album, The Song Tradition, was regarded as his best work in many years. In 2000 he started the Tommy Makem International Festival of Song in South Armagh. His sons, Shane, Conor and Rory, continue the family tradition and are a popular fixture on the Irish-American folk scene, where they tour as the Makem Brothers.

Dylan acknowledged the influence of Makem and the Clancy Brothers in his 2004 autobiography Chronicles Volume One. Recalling time spent with them in the early 1960s in the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village, he described them as "musketeers" and wrote how he had been moved by their "rebellion songs".

Leading the tributes Clancy said that Makem, who had lung cancer, was a fighter until the end, adding: "He just would not give up."

He is survived by his three sons.

Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer, was born on November 4, 1932. He died on August 1, 2007, aged 74


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: curmudgeon
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 01:45 PM

More local tributes and a link to calling hours/arrangements are      here- Tom


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: JennyO
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 01:02 PM

At our session tonight, I led "Four Green Fields" and we raised a glass to Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: KeithofChester
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 12:43 PM

There is a fairly long obit in today's The Times

Times Obit


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 11:03 AM

For those who may not have seen this thread, Jim Brannigan (Jim Lad) has written and sung a beautiful tribute to Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 10:49 AM

Here is a recording televised on RTE Tommy as The Cobbler, i think it was the early 70's Tommy 'The Bard of Armagh' will be sadly missed.

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8SETO8nrL8


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Hawker
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 10:22 AM

Sad news indeed, Love to all those close to him.
Cheers, Lucy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: pattyClink
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 09:58 AM

Well, we have the dawn of a TM-less world. Drat.


Softly blow, ye winds of morning,
blow ye winds, your mournful sound,
blow ye from the earth's four corners,
guide this traveler where he's bound.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: gnu
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 06:11 AM

Not to be pissy, but, GUEST,meself, @ 7:29PM, 02 Aug. Perhaps you misunderstood. The fellow that happened to is a New Brunswicker who has never been on CBC Radio.

Here is another story from that day which shows the nature of the man, as mentioned many times already in this thread. I asked Tommy why he and Liam spent the night in the airport. I was staying at the Deer Lake Motel not far away and it wasn't full up. He replied that they had arrived very late after playing in Corner Brook and decided to go straight to the airport because of all the gear (there was a lot of gear). Since somebody had to keep an eye on the instruments and equipment, he let "the lads" off at the motel and he and Liam went on to the airport. A gentleman indeed.

Hehehe... minds me of what happened a bit later (this was at about 9AM and their flight was at about 2PM.) Word quickly got around, as it would, that Tommy and Liam were at the airport and there was quite a crowd in no time. The commissionaire (airport security) suggested the gear would be safer on the ramp and that was done. After the gear was brought airside, Tommy asked one of "the lads", I assume the road manager, "What are those?", while pointing at a number of aircraft in front of a nearby hangar. "Planes." The next question was, "I wonder if any are for hire?" It was done... fairly quickly.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Mick Tems
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 01:25 AM

Goodnight, Tommy - Thanks for being a top man.


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