Makem and Clancy Carry On Grand Musical Legacy

Oct 1, 2019

UTICA, NY – Makem and Clancy Delights Packed Room at Utica’s Irish Cultural Center

If you picked up a paper that said “Makem and Clancy Delights Packed Room…” you could be forgiven if you checked to make sure that you weren’t reading a 20 (or 30, or 40, or 50) -year old newspaper article by mistake.  Nope, it’s 2019, and it’s the sons of Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy that gave the performance.

On Sept 12th, Rory Makem and Donal Clancy played to a full house at the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley, both introducing their music to a new generation of listeners and hearkening back long-time fans of the Clancy Brothers/Tommy Makem.

With an even mix of humor and solemnity, the duo played for two hours to a knowledgeable and appreciative crowd, covering classics made famous by their fathers – Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy – including Red Is the Rose, Brennan on the Moor, Gentle Annie and The Whistling Gypsy.  Highlights of the night included an extended version of Roddy McCorley, prefaced with a riveting lyrical intro from Rory, and a rendition of Four Green Fields, which featured Rory, standing ramrod straight, looking and sounding eerily similar to his father.

The concert, which was jointly presented by the Irish Cultural Center and the Craobh Dugan branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, was the first ever in the facility’s spacious event center…but certainly not the last.

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