Saturday, August 04, 2007

R.I.P. Tommy Makem

Tommy, one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music died on August 1st after a long battle with lung cancer.

He was also one of those very rare performers whose manner and personality offstage was the same as his charm and wit won many a night onstage. I learned how to play the harp to accompany the telling of stories from Tommy. This is my own favorite of his songs.

I will miss me "Uncle Tommy."



Blogger Sherry said...

i am very sorry. such treasures we lose before we go. you were lucky tho, to have had him.

12:13 PM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

with me ink twing of an ink twing
of an eye doe
with me ink twing of an ink twing
of an eye day
with me rooboo me rooboo me randy
an me lap stone kaypse
baytin away

the tune, the nonsense chorus, the sure and practiced motions, simple plain genius. with tommy it wasn't about putting on any kind of a show, he was like that. he took delight in the mundane beauties all around him, he was exactly the same man in front of a sold out house at carniege hall that he was bouncing a baby on his knee at home. that was his very own genius.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

you were very lucky. you have many smiling memories.

5:41 PM  

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