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Posted: 10-Aug-2007, 10:52 AM
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DOVER, N.H. -- Mourners said farewell yesterday to Irish singer and storyteller Tommy Makem, whose signature songs have become standard repertoire for folk singers around the world, with a final round of applause as his casket was brought out of church.

The two-hour funeral Mass began with the traditional Irish song "Minstrel Boy" and ended with Makem's old friend and musical partner Liam Clancy singing "The Bard of Armagh."

Speakers recalled Makem, known as the modern-day Bard of Armagh, for his brilliance as a performer, his rich baritone voice, and his humility. Even with his success, he remained a modest family man who would take his evening stroll and regularly attend St. Mary Church, said the Rev. Fritz J. Cerullo.

"He knew who he was and, more importantly, where he came from," Cerullo said. "Tommy was the salt of the earth."

Makem, 74, died Aug. 1 after a long bout with lung cancer. He emigrated from County Armagh in the late 1950s and achieved American and worldwide stardom by spinning tales of his native land.


http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hamps...bard_of_armagh/

We lost a legend in the celtic music realm this month. I only heard about it yesterday and was surprised there wasn't a thread already mentioning his passing. I have seen him perform several times in Milwaukee and have always been warmed by his music and crowd banter, to have met him personally would have probably just blown my socks off!

The full article from above can be found on the website for the Boston Globe. There is a Legacy guestbook set up for him as well.



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Posted: 10-Aug-2007, 11:07 AM
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Sorry got the birth year wrong I think...will have to find some way to fix it....
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Posted: 10-Aug-2007, 11:54 PM
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itsmewendylee posted one in the celtic music section. I also posted some videos there from youtubeand I think there may be some mention in the gathering place It's good to have aposting area with a titlel that mentions names and dates though. Maybe a whole section where we could post names of those who have gone before and their contributions. Ancestral pioneers of Celtic Music?


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So sorry about the loss of a great talent.


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