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

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Subject: Tommy is bad off
From: kendall
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 05:30 PM

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you about Tommy Makem.
As you know, he has been battling lung cancer, and it has now spread to his liver.
I don't know if he would like to have me put his address here or not, so I'm not going to, but have a good thought for this outstanding performer.
    Thread #103544   Message #2112665
    Posted By: Joe Offer
    27-Jul-07 - 11:26 AM
    Thread Name: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
    Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
    It's my understanding that the family has been overwhelmed with calls and mail. They have asked that Tommy's address be removed from this thread. If you would like to convey any messages to Tommy, you can post at the discussion forum at http://www.makem.com/ - you have to register to post. The thread on Tommy's illness is here (click).
    -Joe-


From the family:
    If anyone wants to write him a postcard or letter, you can address it to PO Box 336, Dover NH 03821-0336. He'll get anything addressed to him there.


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: Cluin
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 05:30 PM

Damn!


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: Rapparee
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 05:32 PM

Aw, shit. Kendall, if you see him, tell him hello and thanks for everything from an old fan of his.


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 05:33 PM

This is sad news ...


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: Acme
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 05:33 PM

If you're in touch I hope you'll convey good wishes from Mudcat. Would he fancy a shawl, do you think?


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 06:00 PM

Yes, from me too. Another big fan. I do remember the 'flap' when a different Tommy Makem died......shit shit shit.


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 06:09 PM

A wonderful performer, a wonderful man. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: artbrooks
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 06:09 PM

That's too bad-we've enjoyed his music for a long time.


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: jeffp
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 06:32 PM

I am very sad to hear this. Tommy has been a pivotal figure in the resurgence of Irish music and is a wonderful songwriter as well.


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 07:40 PM

It is through Tommy and the Clancy Bros. that I developed my extreme love for Irish music.
                                                   SOL


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: Leadfingers
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 07:42 PM

The first man I ever heard play a whistle ! Bugger !


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: gnu
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 07:47 PM

My music "hero". Plain and simple. Tears... just tears. God bless his soul.


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: curmudgeon
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 08:00 PM

You can send greetings, prayers, good wishes, etc.    here.


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: Stewart
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 08:03 PM

That's very sad. The Clancy Brother and Tommy Makem were my first introduction to Irish music in the 60s and I have most of their LPs.
One of my favorite songs that I sing now along with my fiddle is his "Rambles of Spring":

I've a fine, felt hat
And a strong pair of brogues
I have rosin in my pocket for my bow
O my fiddle strings are new
And I've learned a tune or two
So, I'm well prepared to ramble and must go.

I'll keep him in my thoughts. A great musician, songwriter, and a wonderful person. We will miss him.

S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: curmudgeon
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 08:05 PM

I hadn't noticed that you need to be a "member" to post there; go      here to do that - Tom


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Subject: RE: Tommy Makem is bad off
From: Emma B
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 08:05 PM

I only opened this thread 'cos someone drew my attention to this sad news.

I'm sure Tommy Makem has hundreds of fans out there who will be as sad as I am to hear this, he was an early influence for many.   Could some kind elf put his surname in the thread title please?


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: Hollowfox
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 08:07 PM

I wish I could do more, but I can and will send prayers and good thoughts, and of course, the $#@!-reduction candle.


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: Maryrrf
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 08:33 PM

I am so sorry to hear this. Tommy has been a musical inspiration to many.


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Subject: RE: Tommy is bad off
From: Bee
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 08:34 PM

Sad news. I remember him first from a Canadian television 'pub' show in the sixties.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: kendall
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 09:42 PM

I am all but unable to talk on the phone, so I won't call. My friend Gordon Bok went to see him, and Gordon said he smiled when Gordon relayed my best wishes to him.
He was in the hospital, but he was so distressed that they let him go home. There he got so uncomfortable that they put him back where he could be cared for properly.

This is a mega bummer for me.Too many people whom I hold dear are checking out.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Mrrzy
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 09:46 PM

Poor Tommy. Sad to read.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Rapparee
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 09:46 PM

Kendall, I know exactly how you feel. Would it be possible to print off this thread and have someone take it to him?


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Gulliver
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 09:52 PM

Really great guy-an inspiration-sorry to hear this...


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Big Mick
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 10:10 PM

I have a number of fond memories of this wonderful man. I remember a Festival we were at, and the green room, with Tommy and Liam Tiernan and I, was a blast. I walked in, and was in awe of this great performer, by the end he had put me at such ease that we were all having a wonderful time.

And we perform his Rambles of Spring as well. It is a peach of a song.

All the best, Tommy.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Beer
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 10:14 PM

Kendall.
My thoughts are with you also. A few years back I said to Mum that a lot of my friends had been passing away. Her reply was "Well Adrien, a time will come when you may be the only one left". She went on to explain that all of her friends had moved on.
Damn it is sad news as it was when we lost a few months back Dermot O'Reilly of Ryan's Fancy.
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 11:00 PM

As the old man is wont to say, "The ranks are thinning" ...


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Deckman
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 11:20 PM

I think I'll sing some verses of "The Parting Glass" tonight! Bob


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Celtaddict
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 11:39 PM

Thank you, Kendall, for keeping us posted.
We hold the Godfather of Irish music in our hearts.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Alice
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 11:49 PM

This is very sad news. His singing and whistle playing is a huge part of my
memories. Please pass on my best wishes.
Alice Flynn in Montana


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 11:57 PM

Asked recently if he had any plans to retire, he replied "Yes, of course, I retire every night and in the morning when I awake I realise just how lucky and privileged I am to be able to continue doing the things I love to do."

The privilege is all ours and I ask that he awake another day, free of pain and distress, wherever that may be.

Thank you, Kendalldarlin'...here's a {{{{HUG}}}} for you.

In sorrow,

kat


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 12:05 AM

What sad news. Since it is not in my power to wish him well I would wish him ease and comfort.

Don


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Ernest
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 02:21 AM

Sad news...always liked his music, always hoped to see and hear him sometime...

Best wishes
Ernest


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Johnhenry'shammer
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 02:30 AM

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem have been a tradition at my house on St. Patrick's Day ever since I was born. It was only a few years ago that I realized that it was good music no matter what the day was. Here's to Tommy Makem!

Look at the coffin, with silver handles
Isn't it grand, boys, to be bloody well dead?
Let's not have a sniffle, let's have a bloody good cry
And always remember, the longer you live
The sooner you'll bloody well die.

Slainte!


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: scouse
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 03:48 AM

My thoughts are with him Kendall.Sad,sad, sad.
As Aye,
Phil.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: JennyO
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 06:58 AM

When I first heard Tommy Makem recite "The Host Of The Air" my hair rose on my neck. His is the voice that first opened Irish folk music up to me.

" I feel that old Tyrant approaching,
That cruel and remorseless old foe,
And I lift up my glass in his honour,
Good health to old Rosin the Beau"

Here's to Tommy Makem.

Jack Halyard


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: goatfell
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 07:13 AM

so sad


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: kendall
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 07:29 AM

I feel so lucky to have shared the stage with this consumate performer. The audience loved our banter.
Damn. I still owe him dinner too.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 08:05 AM

Thoughts and prayers from an English singer who is a great Makem fan.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Rapparee
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 09:16 AM

Kendall, remind him of the dinner you owe him. He can't leave until you pay the debt.]

Then don't buy him anything edible.

Well...it MIGHT work....


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Big Mick
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 09:47 AM

Another testament to Tommy is the legacy he will leave for us in his kids. I have had the pleasure of dealing with the boys on a number of occasions. They share their Da's, and their Grandmother's, love of the music. Given the tradition established in this family, we will never be without the wonderful music. But we will miss Tommy.....yeah ..... we sure will...

Mick


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 10:20 AM

Easy and slow Tommy, easy and slow.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Greg B
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 10:37 AM

I listened to his music from the age of six or seven, I think.

I first heard him on the very first evening of my very first trip
to New York City--- was wandering about, came across 'Tommy Makems
Irish Pavilion' and the sign said 'Tonight - Tommy Makem and Liam
Clancy.' Went right in and made a reservation. Thank god I'd remembered
to bring my tweed jacket!

I met Tommy in person several years later, playing 'host' at Mystic.
Absolutely the most unpretentious, unassuming, 'gentleman' of a
performer that I've ever encountered (other than maybe Pete
Seeger). 'Soft spoken' doesn't begin to describe it.

A true treasure.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Kampervan
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 12:17 PM

Like millions of others I never met Tommy Maken but he had a huge influence on me and was instumental in me developing a lifelong love of folk music, and a very soft spot for for Irish music too.

(And as an Englishman that hasn't always been an easy path to tread.)

I hope, if there's any chance, that he recovers; if not then I hope that the alternative comes easy.

God bless, Tommy.

K/van


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From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 01:15 PM

How very sad! What a grand voice. So very perfect for folk music.

I first heard Tommy Makem in 1959 - I think it was. I'd not heard him before. And I'd not even heard OF him before. I was there at Chicago's Eighth Street Theater to hear the only other man on the show that night---Bob Gibson.

This was when Bob was a star at Chicago's GATE OF HORN folk club/bar on Dearborn Street and Chicago Ave. It was a very rare concert setting by Mr. Gibson in a venue that wasn't alcohol drenched and taking place in the wee small hours of the morning. (I was 18 years old and too young for nightlife and drinking.)

But Tommy Makem came out on stage---sat down in a chair--didn't say a word, and mesmerized the audience doing his "With a ring ting of an ing ting of an ido..." --- the wonderful 'shoemaker's song' complete with all the mechanical pantomiming that went with the various steps one would go through while making an actual pair of shoes by hand in days of old. ----- It blew me away--showed me how folk songs really are time machines that could pick us up here and now, and drop us off in other times and places. ----- I've been a huge fan of Tommy's ever since.

There is no more I can say, Kendall. Just give him my best wishes--from an American folksinger and long time fan who never met him. I do hope this last journey is a relatively easy one.

Love,

Art Thieme


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From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 02:22 PM

Art, I wish you could watch this. Thanks to your posting I found an early 70's video of Tommy singing the Cobbler on RTEOne at you tube. Thanks for mentioning it.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 02:32 PM

May his God be with him.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: kendall
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 02:46 PM

kat, thank you so much for posting that. Maybe I'll be able to watch it someday.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 03:24 PM

The man is my hero.
For once, I am at a complete loss for words.
He will be in my prayers tonight.
Jim


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 03:39 PM

You are most welcome, Kendall. There are several others of him on youtube.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: kendall
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 03:39 PM

I'm going to stick my neck out and give you all that address so you can send Tommy a card.
    [address removed at request of the family. -Joe Offer-]

Remember, he is weak and probably unable to respond, but I'm sure he will be pleased to hear from some of his fans.

I think I'll have a shot of Jameson's Irish whiskey and raise a glass to a great performer. Some time ago he called to ask how I was doing, and now I can't even return the concern.
Damn


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 03:42 PM

Jaysus, Kendall. Tears for you, too, lad.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Mickey191
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 03:49 PM

Had the pleasure of meeting Tommy & Liam at the Village Vanguard in the early 60"s. Two fine gentlemen. Saw THE best show ever at Carnegie Hall-Makem & the Clancys. They were new & exciting & totally hip!

Up to that time-I'd only heard McCormick & the McNultys.
   
Sad news.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 03:53 PM

I tried to run that address through the Post Office's Zip Code lookup online, so that I could post a Zip Code for everyone to add, but the says that there is no such address. Can you double check it for us please, Kendall? Maybe a typo somewhere?
    [address removed at request of the family. -Joe Offer-]


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Greg B
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 03:55 PM

Ah, but for Tommy we have to raise not a glass of Jameson's
but rather a cup of the finest tea that can be found.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Baggins 360
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 04:07 PM

Never mind the Jameson's I'm getting out my Bottle of Black Bushmills to toast this man.........Tomas O'Maolcholam I salute you as a Clan Chieftain, Sláinte! God Bless you for the fine man you are.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 04:17 PM

Maybe it's too soon for this, but, what the hell. One of the times I met him....

I was doing an airport construction job in Deer Kake, Newfoundalnd. As top dog on the job, I was always on the job site before dawn. One morning, I strolled into an empty (I thought) building and I was singing at the top of my voice.... great acosutics in an empty Airport Terminal... when, all of a sudden, I was drowned out like a cricket by a lion. There he stood, belting it out. My jaw dropped.

He stopped and asked, "What's the matter lad? You forget the words?" Then, another voice, Liam, whom I had apparently woken up, said, "I wish you would both forget the words." Tommy gave me a wink and began again. A solo performance. I treasure it to this day and always will. A chat over coffee in my office was a wee treat as well.

A bit later, when the construction crew arrived, the lead hand said something I'll never forget.... "Dat lad's got a t'roat on 'im like a gannet!" He meant that in an endearing way.


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From: Beer
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 04:36 PM

Great story Gnu.
Beer


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Maryrrf
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 04:36 PM

Greg is right - Tommy is a teetotaler. He took "The Pledge" years ago. I hope things happen peacefully.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: kendall
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 04:44 PM

Sorry about that. I got the address from an employee who had less command of the language than she thought she had.
A sign of the times.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 05:01 PM

Tommy was supposed to play at Stanfest earlier this month but had to cancel due to poor health, so I suspected his remission may have ended. This is indeed sad news. I have seen him perform live on several occasions and have had the pleasure of meeting him and Liam years ago.
A true icon of folk music!


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Skivee
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 06:29 PM

How sad.
The man once very kindy invited me to join him for breakfast during the Potomac Celtic Festival. It was one of the most interesting meals I've had...and that wasn't because of the fair at the Holiday Inn.
Kendall, please pass along my good wishes. Craig Williams


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 06:58 PM

I read lots of threads on Mudcat. Some are interesting, some are funny, most are informative---and some break your heart. I am so very sorry to hear this news. Like all of you, I wish him the easiest possible end to a most worthwhile life. I hold out hope that this is but a false alarm.      Jim Hickam


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: kendall
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 07:25 PM

Let's all send him a card. Do it soon.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Bugsy
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 09:01 PM

This is very sad news.. I have always enjoyed Tommy's music,beginning with his time with the Clancy Brothers. I will remember him in my prayers.

bugsy


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 09:46 PM

More years ago than I care to remember, my then boyfriend (now my husband of 30 years) found a compilation of LPs called An Anthology of Folk Music - 5 records on Sine Qua Non. The record had wonderful singers on it like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, Odetta and some folks I had never heard of -- The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. It was all over for me at that point. I have seen him sing three times -- I went back stage once like a teenager and got his autograph, and Liam's -- they were both so very gracious. I had never heard music like that .... . it opened up a whole new world for me. I am very sad tonight.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: maeve
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 09:52 PM

I'll send out a card tomorrow, Kendall. Perhaps I'll send along a poem for him, as well. Thanks for letting us know.

Hugs to you, my friend.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: gnu
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 01:58 PM

There is a thread at Tommy's site... here


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Mrrzy
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 07:35 PM

I grew up with Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, and found out later that all the songs I truly loved, which I had though were *old* classics, had been written by Tommy Makem.
Later, when I first met my X2B, it was Tommy Makem's music, heavily laden with at least Liam if not several Clancy brothers, uncles and nephews (wonder why none of the sisters or the cousins or the aunts?), that brought us closest, and when many years later we wed, we honeymooned in Ireland. We didn't stay anywhere we hadn't heard them mention in a song, and even one night out of Bandon we strayed and out for Klonakilty we made our way, passing through Ballinascathy and saw the pub at which they whet their whistle in the song... and it's called the Whistle Stop. We hadn't known it was a reference, we thought it was just a metaphor... anyway.
Please tell Tommy this story. You can tell him our twins were made in Ireland, which is perfectly true!
(Don't tell him, unless you think he'd find it funny, that when we went through the CBRos home town and told people we were on a kind of Clancy Brothers tour, we got really nasty looks and comments about what terrible boys they were to be sure, never brought any of all that lovely money back home. Oops.)


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: catspaw49
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 09:03 PM

Sometimes the days away from here are the best. I hate coming back to a thread like this. Too sad for words but time takes it's toll on us all and it makes every day sadder and not happier as we age. Wish I had something cheerful to say......or think.........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 11:53 PM

This is terrible news. My prayers are with him.

Stephen Lee


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 09:20 AM

First time I heard Tommy's singing was his debut LP in the what, early 60s? I had known Sarah's voice from Diane Hamilton (Guggenheim)'s collecting, so when I saw the record, its grand list of songs and his face full of puckish humor on the cover, I bought it. (Hadn't heard any Clancys at that point but soon remedied that.)

His "Little Beggarman" and "The Irish Rover" have never left my head in all the years since.

What's shocking about this sad news is how recently I saw him ... a bare couple of years ago at his outdoor appearance in Lowell, MA. He was in roaring fine shape then, his best performance of the night an audio check of the magnificent "[Sailing in the] Lowlands Low," but every song was a joy, including his wonderful performance of "Ten Wee Wimmen" that mesmerized Amba and me till we learned it and it's still our favorite car singing song.

A singing wizard who seems to summarize in his lanky self all that is fine about Irish traditional song and style, made universal by his deservedly popular performing, he's one of the very few of whom I can truly say, "He could sing the phone book, and I'd listen."

Words fail ... no way I can say what his keen and joyous music has meant to me, or how like a ton of bricks on the head it is to hear of his trouble and pain. May he be eased, and I hope for his recovery and many years yet.

Kendall, please add mine to the bundle of fans' well-wishes in your remembrance if you see him again.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Flash Company
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 09:42 AM

I feel OLD!!!!! I am watching all my heroes disappear one by one and I don't like it.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Tommy

Brian Q


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: kendall
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 11:10 AM

People, please stop calling the home where Tommy is. They can not handle all the calls they are getting.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 11:26 AM

It's my understanding that the family has been overwhelmed with calls and mail. They have asked that Tommy's address be removed from this thread. If you would like to convey any messages to Tommy, you can post at the discussion forum at http://www.makem.com/ - you have to register to post. The thread on Tommy's illness is here (click).
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: ard mhacha
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 11:55 AM

From a fellow Armagh man, God be with you.
I will listen again to him rattling out as only he could, Master McGrath, Tandragee, The dalin` men from Crossmaglen, and countless others.
He, along with the Clancys sowed the seeds and introduced numerous people to Irish folk, and not only Irish but folk songs of many nations.
A great personality, a legend, we loved you Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: GUEST,Jonas
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 12:01 PM

Ard mhacha,
I think you meant to end your post with, "A great personality, a legend, we love you Tommy."


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: ard mhacha
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 12:50 PM

Right you are Jonas, hoping and praying for a miracle.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: kendall
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 01:24 PM

Thanks, Joe


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: GUEST,The Makem family
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 03:47 PM

We'd like to thank everyone for their concerns and we have passed along your thoughts and prayers to our father. His cancer has not spread to his liver and right now he is resting comfortably. We certainly appreciate everyone's concerns, but as far as any phone calls, the staff at the health care facility has to field them and that takes away from their time to care for other patients. Our father would hate to think that he was in any way responsible for someone else receiving less attention because of him.

If anyone wants to write him a postcard or letter, you can address it to PO Box 336, Dover NH 03821-0336. He'll get anything addressed to him there. And again, thank you for thinking of him.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: GUEST,machree01
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 03:51 PM

I am just after watching him on the DVD singing and playing out the roll as 'The Cobbler' on the TV in {B.W}. I have laughed at some of the songs he has sung 'Mary Mack', the 'Town of Ballybay'. and Emotional at one of the great songs he wrote, 'Four Green Fields'. God Bless You Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: gnu
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 09:35 PM

Oh my. I like this youtube stuff...I never knew things like this existed.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 09:58 PM

Thanks to 'the Makem family' for the report. Our best wishes for you all.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 10:06 PM

Uh, if it's been 'removed' then why is the Dover NH addy still here? Or, is that an alt addy for him?


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: JennyO
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 10:30 PM

Well that's a postal address, Sorcha. It's okay to send postcards. The other one was the actual address and apparently too many people were ringing up before.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 10:34 PM

Ok, guess I just missed seeing the other addy.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: The Pooka
Date: 28 Jul 07 - 03:32 PM

Yes, Guest-meself, thanks indeed to the Makem family for that clarifying, and under-the-circumstances encouraging, report. (And thanks, also, to Shane, Conor and Rory for carrying on the ever-evolving song tradition.)

Tommy Makem is incomparable. He is very very Important to the lives of countless people. May the good Lord bless the peerless Bard of Armagh, now & always.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Jul 07 - 08:27 PM

Oh, that's good news! Health and a longer life to him!


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Mrrzy
Date: 28 Jul 07 - 10:48 PM

Thanks for the update, Makem Family! Hope you read the thread, and enjoyed seeing some of the things your dad has done for all of us. Plese check back every so often.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: GUEST,Siobhan
Date: 29 Jul 07 - 08:13 PM

I've gone to see and hear Tommy every year (sometimes two and three times) for 24 years--ever since I started listening to him in 1983. He is unfailingly gracious! To say nothing of that voice which raises the hairs on the back of your neck, and the sly humor that made me laugh when I had forgotten how!

God bless you, Tommy, and thank you to the Makem family for allowing us to continue to hope and to send our good wishes. We love you, Tommy, more than you can possibly realize! Paters and aves going up for you everyday!


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: GUEST,The Fensters == guests
Date: 29 Jul 07 - 08:54 PM

Not only have we known Tommy and his family for the last 15+ years or so, and love them all dearly, we have another aspect of his love to be thankful for....Tommy, thank you for increasing our circle so many times over with all the dear friends we have made through your trips to Ireland and the multitude of Irish festivals we have attended.

Yes, your music and poetry are dear to us, but it is you as a host and friend for which we are so very grateful. Eat you porridge and drink yor tea....we still need you!

Edy & Harvey


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: kendall
Date: 30 Jul 07 - 03:48 PM

Every morning I wake up with a song in my mind. It could be anything, and this morning, I woke with a memory of being on stage at the Holiday Inn by the bay in Portland Maine. I was performing with Tommy Makem and Schooner Fare, old and dear friends. We were singing Rolling Home, practically my theme song, and when we came to ...old new England, Tommy turned to me and bellowed out "Old New hampshire"! what do you mean, old New England? The crowd loved it.

Every time that part came around he would give me that look, and sing NEW HAMPSHIRE! This is one of my very few heros.

I've met his sons, but I don't really know them.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: GUEST,john o'connor
Date: 30 Jul 07 - 11:51 PM

God bless Tommy


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: gnu
Date: 31 Jul 07 - 01:29 PM

Kendall. That's a hoot! Minds me of the intro to the song "God Bless England" on, my memory can't be trusted, but, the album "Hearty and Hellish", which sites an instance of a lad throwing a drink... well, at least an empty glass. ;-) (And, no, don't anyone bother to get pissy about me slurring the Irish... it's a joke.)

Similarly, I saw Tommy and Liam one night in North Sydney (pretty sure, again memory fails), Nova Scotia, when a fellow called out from the back of the audience for that song. Liam saved the fellow's life when he bellowed out for the three or four lads bearing down on this poor fellow to stop and listen. The song was palyed. Later, I heard that the fellow drank for the rest of the night for free, courtesy of the lads that nearly beat him up!


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: kendall
Date: 31 Jul 07 - 02:26 PM

Memories are great, and I wouldn't choose to forget them, but they don't come up to anticipation of a future encounter that great.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: The Pooka
Date: 31 Jul 07 - 09:03 PM

Here is a fine tribute to Tommy, by My Son The Blogger/Lawyer :). [The Mudcat is cited, btw. :]


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off
From: Brían
Date: 31 Jul 07 - 09:15 PM

I thank Kendall for telling about Tommy's condition. The the ripples from the pebbles Tommy has cast into the pond are still spreading across the expanse of my and countless other lives. A song probably never saved a life but many have left lives richer for their hearing. My prayers and wishes to the Makem family.

Brien


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Subject: Tommy Makem RIP
From: GUEST,from Joanie Madden
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 07:40 PM

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Tommy Makem passed away this evening...


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Big Mick
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 07:46 PM

Thanks, Joannie. God be good to this fine man.

All the best,

Mick Lane


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Johnhenry'shammer
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 07:46 PM

Rest in peace Tommy. Here's to one of the best men there was! We'll miss you and treasure your music forever. I regret never seeing you but you touched my life.


Oh, all the comrades that e'er I had
They're sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
They'd wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I'll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be with you all


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 07:46 PM

This is sad news for the world of folk music. His contribution was enormous. Good night, Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Brakn
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 07:53 PM

Indeed sad news tonight.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,DDT
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 08:00 PM

You brought me so much happiness.

Goodnight Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Leadfingers
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 08:02 PM

Another good man gone !!


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Maryrrf
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 08:08 PM

Oh no! I am so sorry to hear this. RIP Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 08:36 PM

RIP


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Bugsy
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 08:41 PM

My thoughts and prayers go with his family.

Vale Tommy.


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: kendall
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 08:46 PM

Kmowing it was coming doesn't help very much.
So long old pal It was such a pleasure to have known you.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug
From: Sorcha
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 08:49 PM

Goodnight, Tommy. Sleep well.
And Peace to the family.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug
From: curmudgeon
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 08:55 PM

"Tommy's gone, that good old man..."


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug
From: Jim Lad
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 09:47 PM

When the heavenly angels are guarding the great.
As God had ordained them to do.
In answer to prayers I have offered to Him
I know there is one watching you.
So may that bright Spirit be with you tonight.
To guide you up Heaven's bright stairs.
And tonight as I kneel by my bedside to pray
I'll remember you love in my prayers.

For this one, precious soul, I will not wait until tonight.
Tommy, Kendall & The Makems are in my prayers.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 10:06 PM

Bless...
My sympathy to the family and his many friends and fans around the world.

R.I.P.

bob


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,William Grimley, Jr.
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 10:25 PM

Tommy,

The winds are still singing freedom. We need to believe that now more than ever. Your song will always be in our hearts and on our lips in sorrow and joy, alike. Good night sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 10:29 PM

Rest easy, Tommy.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: EBarnacle
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 10:56 PM

Oh, Tommy's gone, what shall we do,
A-way to Rio...


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Mrrzy
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 11:06 PM

May he live forever in the words of singers everywhere.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Acme
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 11:16 PM

He was there at the very beginning of what I understood was folk music and now what I understand were songs of rebellion. The world has contracted a little bit today.

Condolences to his friends and family at Mudcat and elsewhere.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug
From: JennyO
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 11:22 PM

I never met him or saw him live, but I've been enjoying listening to him. What a voice!

We are having a session tomorrow night to celebrate one of our own, Dave Alexander, who died 10 years ago. Our sessions usually finish with "The Parting Glass", so as we sing it, we'll remember Tommy, as well as Dave.

My thoughts are with his family, and with you, Kendall. As you said, knowing it was coming doesn't make it any easier.

R.I.P. Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Siobhan
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 11:31 PM

When the mountains all come tumbling
And the earth has stopped its turning,
When the winds don't blow
And stars refuse to shine...
When the moon has left the heavens
And the seven seas are empty...
I will still have gentle...Tommy...
On my mind...

Rest easy, dear Tommy...rest easy...


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 12:16 AM

For this one, precious soul, I will not wait until tonight.
Tommy, Kendall & The Makems are in my prayers.


Nor shall I wait, Jim. Thanks for posting such beautiful words.

Kendall, this is for you {{{{{HUGS}}}}} and a thanks giving for peace for the Makems and an easy journey for Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 12:28 AM

Thanks, Tommy - for everything. You left this world being both loved and respected - good show, lad. I hope to see you down the road. Prayers and love from Hockeytown South.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: alison
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 12:58 AM

sad news............ he was a lovely man.
I have many fond memories of watching himself and Liam Clancy in the opera House in Belfast.

Rest easy Tommy

alison


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 01:27 AM

I had the pleasure of seeing him live twice - both times here in Portland - once with the Clancy Brothers and once with Liam Clancy -- both evenings were wonderful,. I thank this great man for helping introduce me to music that has so enhanced by life.....


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Ernest
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 02:05 AM

Rest in Peace.

And all good wishes to his family.

Ernest


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,E & H
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 02:33 AM

And her "four green fields now bloom once again," said he.

The British Army has left NI within your lifetime. Rest easy Tommy.

E&H


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: alison
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 03:20 AM

I can't find any mention of this on any of the news pages -
but there is a message from Liam Clancy on his website

here

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,nickr90
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 04:34 AM

Deepest condolences to the family and friends.

The world is a colder place with Tommy's going
But it is a much warmer place for his having been

Celebrate his life by playing his music

Nicky Rossiter


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Big Phil
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 04:59 AM

Condolences to all who knew Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Peace
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 05:08 AM

I met him once in NYC at Gerde's Folk City. He was very kind to a snot-nosed kid whose own involvement in music was partly because of Mr Makem. Thank you, sir. I've never forgot you or your kindness, humour and willingness to be patient.

He had an infectious smile and a way of making you think you were the only person on Earth when he was talking to you. He ranks up there with Mary Travers IMO and as nickr90 said, it's a colder place for your going, Tommy, but a warmer place for your having been. Rest well.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug
From: stallion
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 05:15 AM

"So softly blow ye winds of mourning, blow ye winds your mournful tune,
blow ye from the earths four corners, take this traveller where he's bound"

May I be forgiven the tears for, as the time has passed, some very dear friends who introduced me to Tommy's music O so many years ago have also left us and now that iconic man himself, it seems a lifetime ago, it was a life time ago.

We shall be in NH in October, we shall remember you then and sing the Parting Glass for you.

RIP

Peter


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug
From: scouse
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 05:15 AM

Rest in Peace Tommy.. My Condolences to the Family.. May he rest easy.
As Aye,
Phil Jackson


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Kampervan
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 05:38 AM

Its a sad sad day. Condolences to all of his family and those affected by his death.

Tommy Makem leaves behind him such a legacy of music and warmth that the rest of us can only dream of.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 05:42 AM

Such sad news.

Thoughts and prayers for him and his loved ones.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: MadElf
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 06:32 AM

The death of Tommy Makem was posted on Yahoo today. Its very sad news indeed, and I guess it's the end of an era for some of us.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: rumanci
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 06:42 AM

Thank you Tommy for the songs and the voice and the sheer quality of the man some of you knew so well. A legacy of real meaning and happy memories interwoven with the sadnesses felt today.
My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: gnu
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 06:50 AM

RIP Tommy and, thanks.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug
From: GUEST,Ar Mhacha
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 07:12 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Makem family, Tommy was first and foremost a great entertainer, he always seemed so confident on stage, and put great feeling into every song.
I have almost all of Tommy recordings with the Clancys, Liam is the last of a great group, God rest Tommy`s Soul, a true son of Armagh, he will be missed.


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug
From: GUEST,Ard Mhaca
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 07:14 AM

I should add the tributes were many, on this mornings Gerry Anderson show on BBC Radio Ulster


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Subject: RE: Tommy [Makem] is bad off - Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,machree01
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 07:34 AM

I remmeber seeing Tommy and Liam in concert in Banbridge 1980's. a great music Ambassador for Ireland has left us, though you our gone your songs will live On. RIP. Condolences to the Makem Family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: kendall
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 08:19 AM

The passing of my own Brother recently was no harder than this.
Words fail me.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 08:24 AM

Thank you for your music, Tommy! God Bless your memory and may your legacy live on!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Jed on a borrowed PC
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 08:25 AM

OOops ... that last comment was me ...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 08:31 AM

Rest in Peace Tommy. You leave good songs and good memories behind you.   Condolences to the Makem family. Burl.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,guest blk_kat
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 08:58 AM

God bless you Tommy, and thank you for all you shared with us. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Janice in NJ
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 09:47 AM

A true gentleman! After hearing Tommy sing it so many times, I don't think I can ever again sing or hear Waltzing with Bears with a dry eye. Rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Greg B
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 10:25 AM

Well, St. Peter has been trying to book him for the Heavenly
Irish Festival (you know, the one with no ceilidh bands composed
of 18 accordions, 25 fiddles, and 90 tin-whistles all playing in
dis-unison, and no stands selling bright green plastic derby hats,
and where the soda bread has no raisins in) for quite some time
now, but he'd never agreed to come.

This year, he'll be headlining, along with a bunch of his old
band-mates. Tom Clancy was probably getting tired of reciting
from Finnegan's Wake without Tommy cackling in the background.

Let's just hope the Celestial Choir doesn't take him too literally
when he says "Let's all join hands and contact the living."


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Greg B
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 10:30 AM

He'd have chuckled at this, from his AP Obit:

"Makem was best known for songs such as Four Green Fields of France..."

Must be an obscure reference to Bonaparte's Irish allies...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Stringsinger
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 10:30 AM

I am moved to tears. Tommy was really an inspiration to everyone who knew him. My memories of him will always be fond ones. We worked together at the Gate Of Horn and I was fortunate to accompany him with Paddy, Tommy and Liam on the recording with Bruce Langhorne and Bill Lee, "Hearty and Hellish".

Tommy was a sage and a bard. I remember having the Clancy's and Tommy to dinner one night in Chicago in 1958 or 9. I remember vividly a party I had in my home in Hyde Park.
The outrageous Severn Darden was there and was upstaged by the "lads" or "boys" as we used to call them sans shirts and singing merrilly. A naked couple with towels wrapped about them came out of the shower to listen.

Tommy had a philosophical way about him. The core of his sincerity ran deep. We have the legacy of a great song "Four Green Fields".

He was the only one I've ever heard to deliver the song "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya'" where the nerve-endings on the spine tingled with awe. He sang that song with the knowledge of a man who knew the cost of the ravages of war. The biting almost Brechtian delivery is
indelibly imprinted on my mind. It was the best.

Tommy Sands now carries the torch for the expression of compassion for all the Irish people.

Tommy was a "Pioneer". He eschewed alcohol to his great credit.

He and the Clancys were my first intro to Irish music.

The Bard of Armagh is gone. We all grieve.

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: pattyClink
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 10:38 AM

Words fail.   Let's cry today, and let's carry on the music as he wanted tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 10:49 AM

There are some great performance photos from 2005 at WFMA.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 10:55 AM

Found some really EARLY footage of them with Pete Seeger interviewing them all...at youtube. Incredible footage.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 11:09 AM

I heard the death announced on Raidió na Gaeltachta, and then I watched RTÉ lunchtime news which had a fairly long tribute to Tommy Makem, including snippets of him singing Four Green Fields. I first heard Tommy singing on his own (without Clancy's)when I was 10 years old and that sparked my interest in Irish music in particular; I already had a love for folk music in general. So he had a huge influence in my life.

I also heard that Tommy Makem had been involved in the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association and/or in setting up an American support group for NICRA (circa 1970?). Can anyone elaborate on Tommy's role?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 11:12 AM

There is a memorial video now on youtube: click here. His voice was so incredibly beautiful and evocative.

I have also posted several links to some very early footage of Tommy and the Clancys on the youtube permathread.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: JennyO
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 11:37 AM

I've been watching quite a few of them on YouTube. The one with Pete Seeger is great. Here is the whole of Four Green Fields sung by Tommy, with a slide show - Tommy Makem - Four Green Fields. Gives you goose bumps!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: jeffp
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 02:23 PM

He will be greatly missed. He was my introduction to Irish music, for which I will always be grateful.

RIP, Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Brían
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 02:24 PM

I have nothing to add that has not been said already. Here is a link to t tribute for RTE:Acclaimed folk musician Tommy Makem dies


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: curmudgeon
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 02:30 PM

Here's a piece in Foster's, Tommy's local NH paper by occasional Mudcatter       John Nolan.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: curmudgeon
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 02:32 PM

And another from the same    paper.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Seaking
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 02:40 PM

Hearing Tommy's singing of 'The Butcher Boy' for the first time was probably the moment that set me towards a life love of folk music.   As a young teenager I wrote and requested he sing the song when I saw The Clancys and Tommy Makem in Liverpool, probably around 1968. He sang it and it's been a cherished memory to this very sad day.

Out of interest I googled the song and unbelievably it came up on Youtube - still hits the same spot, absolutely beautiful.

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

Chris


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 02:49 PM

tributes to Tommy Makem were carried on RTE, UlsterTV, and BBC-Ireland news this evening. Much of RTE and UTV footage was the same, including memories from nephew Peter Makem and from singing partner Liam Clancy, and also Paddy Maloney of the Chieftains. BBC1 included Tommy Makem speaking about when he sang in the Bogside in support of civil rights, he said it was like a request to sing behind the Berlin wall, and a snippet of 4 Green Fields (I was surprised to see that in this N Ireland-based obituary), and also showed a bit of Tommy's mother Sarah singing, which was very nice to see.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 03:07 PM

I'm another whose first introduction to Irish music was from Tommy Makem and the Clancy brothers, in the 1960s. Many years later (1995-ish?) I met Tommy face to face in Easton, MA at a very low-key Irish event (not the Irish fest) and told him I'd been influenced by him and was now singing folk music myself. He thrilled me to pieces by asking my name and said, "Maybe I've heard of you." ...he hadn't, but it thrilled me just the same. Even more was the deep satisfaction of meeting one of my true heros, and finding him a downright decent, kind human being.

Go well, Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Shaneo
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 03:09 PM

He was an inspiration to all us ballad singers, R.I.P. Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: gnu
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 04:13 PM

Ya know.... watching that youtube clip JennyO... makes me realize something. Those people who never saw him perform really have no idea of the absolute power of his voice.

How can I explain this? In words? I sat fourty feet away from him one night when he sang that song. My chest reverberated. The table and glassware reverberated. It was truly awsome.

I have played "Long Night" by Rawlins Cross on the old tape player a few times today. Haven't had the heart to play any of Tommy's yet. That song is a tribute to Emile Benoit, Newfoundlander, written by RC the night Emile passed. It holds so true for Tommy as well. This shall be a long night.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Greg B
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 05:35 PM

Someone just posted this one from March .

Most people without lung cancer wish they could sing half
so well!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Jimmy C
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 05:38 PM

Very sad news indeed.

I sat with him one night in a bar in Toronto although he neither smoked nor drank. He was with an english guitar player " Ray Durham". They were on tour and came into the bar where we were playing. I remember discussing " The Cobbler" with him. I had a different chorus that I learned from my grandfather who was a cobbler. Tommy was quite interested in the different words, although I don't believe he ever used them ?. A real gentleman, he will be sadly missed.

I hear he went home to Keady, Co. Armagh about 3 weeks ago, just to look at the place one last time.

I think I will do the Cobbler this Sunday in his memory.

Rest in Peace Tommy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: gnu
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 05:45 PM

Care to post that different chorus? I would love to read it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Dave Swan
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 06:08 PM

I'll hoist a glass. Damn. Condolences to all who miss him so much.

D


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Stephen M. Dickson
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 06:43 PM

Tommy Makem will be missed but still loved for all his contributions. I grew up listening to Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers and still listen today. I am saddened by his passing and as an Irish American will remember him well as a great influence to generations in his homeland as well as here in America.


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

I am just dumbstruck at the realization, once again, how it takes times like these to realize just exactly how much we will miss someone. This wonderful, gentle bard will live forever. In his passing, the family should know just exactly how much he meant to all of the children and grandchildren of Ireland. They will see how very much he meant to the performers in many genre's, and the world over. Some folks seek glory, and live so that when they die they will have a big funeral. They seek validation in their good works. And they always come up short. But folks like Tommy seek only to entertain, seek only to carry on a tradition. And he did it in such a wonderfully caring way, that he will live forever in the hearts of those he touched. He will live forever in the music he spread.

Boys (the Makem Brothers), I haven't seen you in a few years since I left West Michigan. But I send my condolences, and want you to know that I understand your loss and your grief. I hope you understand that you are this great man's, and his Mother's, legacy. And from what I have seen of you, ever since the first time I arranged for you to come to the Fenians in Conklin, MI, this immense legacy is in good hands.

God be good to him,

All the best,

Mick Lane


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,irish nurse
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 07:09 PM

I am honored to have had the pleasure of caring for Mr. Makem in our facility during his final days. Aside from being overwhelmingly talented, Mr. Makem was a very sweet and very stoic man whom many of us fell in love with immediately. The love and support his three sons and daughter gave him until the end was amazing. What a beautiful family he has left behind to carry on his legacy. Rest well, my sweet angel. Maureen


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Big Mick
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 07:11 PM

Maureen, based on what I have heard of his last days, he simply left one set of angels, his Nurses, and now is joining in with another.

Thanks for what you do everyday,

Mick Lane


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: pattyClink
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 07:28 PM

Mick, his kids aren't his sole legacy, but also all of you/us who carry on the tradition.   He didn't just perform, he gently evangelized and taught and promoted and encouraged all of us: poets, musicians, singers; friends or strangers, whoever was within the reach of his travels and his songs.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 07:29 PM

"the absolute power of his voice" -

I never had the opportunity to hear him live, and wasn't aware of that quality of his voice - but that's consistent with an anecdote I heard about two weeks ago on CBC radio. A Newfoundlander was being interviewed about his life - I don't remember anything else about the interview, except: He was once in charge of building an addition to the airport in Gander (a hub for transatlantic flights), and came in early one morning, as was his wont, and began to sing as he reconnoitered the construction site before his workers showed up. He assumed he was alone - until a huge voice joined in, filling the place, and he stopped in awe and turned around - to see Tommy Makem standing there. "What's the matter - did you forget the words?" says Tommy. And then Liam Clancy hauled himself up off whatever makeshift surface he had been sleeping on. "I wish you'd both forgot the bloody words!" says he.

Anyway, the three of them had an impromptu sing-song there and then, to the surprise and delight of the other workers as they arrived ...

I think it is a fine thing to be able to leave such stories behind ...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 07:48 PM

Irreplaceable voice, irreplaceable man.

And yes, somehow I find his "Butcher Boy" coming to mind too, and how hair-raising it was to hear him sing it. Ever after I would keep two versions of the song in my head" Buell Kazee's Kentucky one, and Tommy's.

Not only power in that voice, but something wonderfully dynamic, full of energy, humor, wit ...

Fare thee well, Tommy, and thanks for all the fine music you've left us.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Jimmy C
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 08:32 PM

Gnu,

Gladly.

Most of Tommy's version is the same as my grandfather's song except for the chorus. Also Tommy sang "My name is Dick Darby", my grandfather used his own name " John Simpson". I don't know what the original name should be. Probably Dick Darby.

Grandfather's chorus had these words.


" With an inting of an inting and an Idoh
With an inting of a inting of an iday
Ould wax-end and heel-ball you're boozing again
and your lapstone keeps beating away.


ps: "Waxend was a small piece of amber coloured wax, about the size of a cube of billiard chalk. It was used to coat the twine befiore the stitching. The cobbler waould draw the twine through his fist which held the waz-end."
Heelball was a larger piece of hard wax, it came in black and brown. It had to be heated and then applied to the rims of the heels in a burnishing motion, forcing the wax in between the layers of leather thus caulking the soles and the heels. It dried to a hard shellac finish, very durable.
My grandfather also glued a small piece of wood (matchstick) in the centre of the sole, this attracted water, thereby making the soles not waterproof but water resistant, The piece of wood collected a lot of moisture.
A lapstone was used in the older days as a sort of anvil to soften the leather to be used for the toes, so that it was pliable. Later on they were able to purchase pre-softened leather for this purpose. My job was to go downtown Belfast to Lower Donegal street and buy a rolled up side of leater from Donaghy's shop. I carried it home on my shoukder. I loved helping my Grandfather and also the smell of new leather, plus Mrs. Donaghy used to give me a bar of chocolate as a tip.
In future when I sing this song I will think of Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 09:01 PM

Thanks, Jimmy C. That explains some of the lyrics, and also the actions Tommy pantomimes as he sings. Also - a warm memory in its own right, which is most welcome at a time like this.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 09:06 PM

Another voice here, to send our love to all the Makem Family, kinfolks and friends. So many memories we have of him,- George and I when we first went to Ireland and visited his family in Keady- and heard Sarah Makem singing, "As I Roved Out On a May Mornin, On a May mornin right early- I met my love upon the way, she sang so sweet and clearly..." for the first time, as she made the tea for her family and for us. An evening of marvelous music followed, neighbors from all over Keady dropping in, with instruments, songs, ready for what they knew would be a fine party. Tommy always remembered that evening when he played the whistle and sang the only song he knew at that time when he was seventeen,- "Nell Flaharty's Drake." and laughed about it when he gave an interview for me, years later.

I wish that we could have seen him more often, but we do treasure those memories we have, and wish for you all, strength, courage and the joy of your own treasured memories to carry you through this time of parting. My feeling is that Death is a part of Life, and that the parting will not be forever.

Joy and blessings,    Jean Ritchie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Alice
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 09:08 PM

Very sad news. My sympathy to you, Kendall, and all his friends and family.
We have all lost another great one.

Alice Flynn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: C. Ham
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 12:00 AM

Come fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

There's a tear in the parting glass tonight.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tommy Makem has Passed Away- 1 Aug 2007
From: Genie
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 12:15 AM

I was never blessed with the chance to see and hear him live, but Tommy's music still enriched my life and my appreciation of folk music.

His passing is indeed a great loss. That it was from lung cancer makes it that much more tragic.

The angel band has gained another wonderful voice.

Genie


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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 - 08:52 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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