Irish folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller Tommy Makem was born on this day in 1932. Best known as a member of The Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem, in later years he performed with Liam Clancy. I’ve seen the two of them together on a couple of occasions, and Tommy did this one each time.
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Love this! My father’s side of the family was Irish. Most of them including myself were redheads.
Same here: most of my Holton cousins are redheads. Dad and one of his brothers had very dark, almost black hair. I’m the only one that tends toward red in my immediate family (I have the fair, burns-in-the-sun complexion and a ton of freckles as well).
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I’m half Irish/English, so I love it. My daughter and I just saw Gaelic Storm up in Bayfield, Wisconsin, on Lake Superior. They played in the Titanic movie when they were dancing on the tables. Love it. I also did some Celtic dancing a while ago (along with tap and some ballet). Pretty neat.
Bayfield is way up there, isn’t it? I never saw Titanic, so I’ll take your word for it. Since you’re a dancer, ever seen the Gardiner Brothers?