… a little bit of history


1975: After an appearance by Tommy Makem on Liam Clancy's Canadian TV series, a string of events leads to the full time formation of Makem & Clancy.

Together the duo performed a mix of old CBTM standards and fresh new material; many of these "new" songs have become staples in the genre, much as the songs they had introduced in the sixties.

1976: Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy release their first self-titled album; co-produced by themselves and Archie Fisher.

1977: In January "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" enters The Irish Charts, reaching number one. The song spends a total of 10 weeks in the charts.

Makem and Clancy perform in concert at the National Stadium Dublin, in February. The concert is broadcast in Ireland as Makem & Clancy At Home.

1979: In March "Red Is The Rose" enters The Irish Charts, the song reaches #3.
"Morning Glory" enters The Irish Charts, in July, the song reaches #7.

1981: Makem and Clancy film a special at Bunratty Castle for Irish TV, titled The Music Makers.

1983: LIVE at the National Concert Hall is released. A companion video to this album is filmed, with songs not included on the LP. This TV special is broadcast in Ireland and the US.

1984: Tommy and Liam join Paddy and Tom Clancy for the long awaited CBTM reunion.

1986: We've Come Along Way is released; Makem and Clancy's final album together.

1988: After 13 successful years, Makem and Clancy amicably split.

1992: In October, CBRO perform at Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration at Madison Square Garden. Tommy Makem appears with the group as a "special guest". This is the last public/professional appearance of Tommy Makem with the Clancys.

2007: Tommy Makem passes away on August 1st, after a year long battle with lung cancer, at the age of 74.

2009: Liam Clancy passes away on December 4th at the age of 74 in Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, Ireland.