Who said they don't Makem like they used to?
Irish folk-singer Tommy Makem, best known for his years with the Clancy Brothers -- and for his eponymous Manhattan pub -- will offer an evening of Irish history and music, Sept. 27-Oct. 14, at New York's Irish Repertory Theatre. Titled "invasions and legacies" [sic], the piece -- which, thanks to brisk ticket sales, was extended five days before it even started performances -- plays at the same theatre that spawned the nationally-popular revue, The Irish...And How They Got That Way.
Makem's show promises to tell the story of the Irish people through "music, song and poetry." A solo artist for several years now, Makem came to prominence as a member of the Irish folksinging group, The Clancy Brothers. Appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and connections to the mid-60s Greenwich Village folk scene enhanced the group's reputation in America. Makem sang and penned such standards as "Four Green Fields" and "Farewell to Carlingford."
Irish Rep artistic director Charlotte Moore will stage the concert, which features a set by Klara Zieglerova and lighting by Jason A. Cina. Musicians Ron D'Adario and Bob Mastro will also be featured in the show, according to production spokespersons.
Following the Makem show, Irish Rep has on its season roster a mounting of Samuel Beckett's avant-tragicomedy, Endgame, a new musical, and the U.S. premiere of Sebastian Barry's Our Lady of Sligo. For tickets and information on invasions and legacies call (212) 727-2737.
-- By David Lefkowitz and Robert Simonson