Live from Carnegie Hall: The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem
To celebrate St. Patrick's Day and the 50th anniversary of the concert, this installment of Live from Carnegie Hall features the March 17, 1963, recording of Ireland's Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.
Artists: The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem
Album: The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem In Person at Carnegie Hall: The Complete 1963 Concert
Date Recorded: March 17, 1963
Fun Fact: The original 1963 release of a recording of the concert was edited to just 11 tracks. The full concert recording—47 tracks, including 16 tracks of chat from the stage—was not released until 2009.
The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem had already performed at Carnegie Hall three times—including once as headliners—by the time of the St. Patrick's Day 1963 concert which, itself, came hot on the heels of a performance for President Kennedy at the White House.
The music and the dialogue tracks provide a very clear sense of how much fun was had by the artists and the audience that night. The set list included such rip-roaring favorites as "A Jug of Punch," "The Irish Rover," and "Óró, sé do bheatha abhaile," alongside the more melancholic "The West's Awake" and "The Parting Glass"—there was even a less-than-faithful rendition of the Bing Crosby hit "Galway Bay."
Although they reformed in various combinations over the years, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem broke up as a group in the mid-1970s. Makem was a regular visitor to the Hall in the decades after this concert—performing almost 20 more times—while, between them, The Clancy Brothers racked up an additional 60 appearances through the early 1990s.
Flyer for the March 17, 1963, concert of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem at Carnegie Hall.