Makem & Clancy

Category - Music
Date - 20/10/2022 8:00 pm

Rory Makem and Donal Clancy carry on the musical legacy, stories and songs of their legendary fathers, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy.



Rory and Donal – the sons of, respectively, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy – are justifiably proud of their families’ storied place in Irish music. Both have seized the opportunity to perform extensively with their famous fathers over the years, all over the world.

They’ve also forged their own musical paths. Dónal Clancy, an acclaimed guitarist, singer and performer, has toured both solo and with The Chieftans, Solas and Danu. Rory Makem is a seasoned performer with over 25 years on the road and he has toured extensively with The Makem and Spain Brothers.

Throughout their individual pursuits the latter-day Makem and Clancy have always sung the praises – literally – of their forebears. They finally joined forces as a duo in 2016 to carry on the legacies of The Clancy Brothers and the original Makem and Clancy, belting out classics like “Brennan on the Moor,” “Whistling Gypsy Rover,” and “Wild Mountain Thyme” while sharing plenty of stories and reminiscences with appreciative, enthusiastic audiences.

They had 2 very successful tours in Ireland in 2019, where they played to packed houses in Tipperary, Armagh, Belfast and Derry. They have just toured Ireland again in spring 2022, playing a sold out show in Dungarvan, and successful shows in Ballycotton, Newry, Derry and Belfast. They come to The Balor as part of an Autumn tour traversing the country taking in Clonmel, Westport, Wexford, Ballybofey and all points inbetween.