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Thread #11606   Message #3185758
Posted By: Big Ballad Singer
11-Jul-11 - 08:06 PM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD/Origins: The Bard of Armagh
Subject: RE: ADD/Origins: The Bard of Armagh
Beautiful song, lovely lyrics, I think.

No offense, Big Tim, but Tommy Makem did not take "to calling himself the 'Bard of Armagh'". He was nicknamed that for his stellar and absolutely critical work in maintaining, preserving and performing songs, poetry and stories from Ireland's historic past. Without the work of Tommy Makem, the modern world of folk and popular music would be much poorer today, as Mr. Makem was successful on the popular music scene on a level which a lot of other folk performers have never reached. His career as a veritable catalog of Irish music and fable have been critical to the spread of Irish culture around the world.

I believe he, if no one else in the modern era, deserves rightly to be called the Bard of Armagh.