God Bless You Tommy Makem
I recorded Four Green Fields in 1989 at Marist College when our group The Frobisher Bay Volunteers was documenting our repetoire of Irish Songs.
In my youtube account, user bobjohnson1945 you’ll find 40 great songs.
I’m still singing Irish but not as much. This week at the jam at my home I hope to get a few sung.
It was a great disappointment to lose all the Clancey’s and Tommy Makem this last few years. Makem was so smooth and yet had an intensity and emotional connection that was magnetic. His song Four Green Fields will be around a long time.
It is good to have peace in Ireland. Cathy and I visited in 1987 or 88 and we found ourselves in a couple of situations where guns were drawn. One took place when we entered the North and the checkpoint police pointed loaded AK 47′s – not sure they were AK’s but they were the biggest things I’d ever seen - at both of us. We had a station wagon and innocently and naively covered our luggage in the rear, not a good idea when bombs were being driven to the North by car.
In Belleek we stayed with a friend, Tommy Burns in his Inn, The Hotel Carlton,(he gave us a fishing cottage for our stay) and walked in Belleek in the evening. We bumped into a patrol of six or so soldiers, three on each side of the street, all pointing rifles at the rooftops and alleys defending against snipers. It was not a good way to live.
In Enniskillen we could not park on the street; it was illegal to leave your car unattended. A few days after we left this beautiful town, a car bomb exploded and killed 11 people.
I cannot imagine what it was like to live with this constant threat. It is good to have peace.
We made friends with Leo Keohane in Shannon and I’d be much obliged if someone could contact him and ask him to send me mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all.