Sunday, 2 October 2011

Makem and Spain in Concert - 29 Oct 2011


Saturday, October 29, Centrepointe Theatre, 8 p.m.

The Makem and Spain Brothers, the powerhouse Irish vocal group of their generation, are returning to Ottawa for another rousing concert.

It was 50 years ago this year that the Makem Brothers' legendary father Tommy hit the big time with the Clancy Brothers, bursting onto the North American scene with their record-breaking appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The folk scene would never be the same as Ireland's fab four dominated Irish music in the 1960's with their rousing songs of rebellion, drinking, fun and mischief. Their influence continues to this day.

Today, Shane, Conor and Rory Makem, teamed with Mickey and Liam Spain, are keeping the song tradition alive. They are roaring out their own compelling versions of boisterous Clancy/Makemclassics, while bringing superb new songs of their own to the fore. Their live performances have been described as a wall of sound, enchanting audiences across North America and Ireland.

Since forming in 2002, the Makem and Spain Brothers have issued four superb CD's, all flawlessly produced, with their powerful vocals backed by musical prowess on banjo, mandolin, bazouki, guitar, bass, flute, and whistle.

Their new album, Up the Stairs, is delighting their fans. One of the songs, The Lightkeeper, has impressed the experts, earning it a well-deserved Grammy nomination.

Don't miss this exciting concert. Get your tickets now. $40 all inclusive. ; 613-580-2700. Also see

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