Tommy Makem was born in Keady,
Tommy, intent on pursuing a career as an actor, travelled to
An appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1961 launched them into the big time. In 1969 Tommy left the Clancys for a solo career. He was equally successful, becoming a television star also, including many BBC, Ulster Television and Scottish TV shows and a 90 minute special in 1992 for American TV called Tommy Makem and Friends. In the mid-Seventies he again teamed up with Liam, this time as a duo. This partnership is perhaps best remembered for their version of Archie Fisher’s Waltzing Matilda.
Perhaps worldwide Tommy Makem is regarded as the modern Bard of Armagh. His composition Four Green Fields has become a classic.
The first Tommy Makem International Festival of Song was held in
But it is as a songwriter that he will longest be remembered: the classic Four Green Fields, The Rambles of Spring, Farewell to Carlingford, Gentle Annie, The Winds are singing Freedom’, and many more.
Long may he live to entertain all of us.