Calais Celtic Concerts Present Makem & Spain

Calais Celtic Concerts will present Makem & Spain on a new CD release tour of, “Four Pounds a Day” at the Washington County Community College in Calais, on Monday April 4th. Show time will be at 7:00 PM, US/8:00 PM Canadian, the doors will open at 1 hour before showtime. This is the group's 10th full album, and they are regarded as America's top rated Irish/American folk band. Continuing in the tradition of Rory's father, Tommy Makem, and the Clancey Brothers.

This will be the 5th Season, for Calais Celtic Concerts, bringing International Celtic, Folk, Blue Grass and Acadian music, to the St. Croix valley area. Last year, was our their best year yet, with incredible groups from around the world. Our Face Book site is “Calais Celtic Concert Series”, please LIKE Us and follow our programs.

Every generation has a few acts that define where a musical genre is going, performers so confident in their chosen field that they are unable to completely embrace the genre and yet introduce something new to it. In Irish folk music today, that act is Makem & Spain.

Not in the last 30 years has a group taken the international stage with such vocal power and stage presence, capturing the essence of their genre, while standing out as something truly unique. A host of various instruments and three male vocals, using precise three-part harmonies blend perfectly for what many have described as a wall of sound. Makem & Spain are at their best on-stage where their talent and enthusiasm draw in fans who have never experienced the joy of folk music.

They were once considered the new kids on the block, but have honed their craft over nearly two decades of international performances and are now one of the truly stalwart, road-tested Irish vocal groups available. They have played before millions of people from Canada to Texas, from California to the Caribbean and over to Ireland, highlighting national PBS specials and popular Irish talk shows along the way.

Rory Makem was born in Drogheda, County Louth, about an hour north of Dublin. He continues the lineage of one of Irish music's dynasties, begun by his grandmother Sarah Makem, who was sought after by song collectors for her store of traditional Irish songs. His father, Tommy Makem, was the modern day Bard of Armagh. Now considered an icon, he helped to bring Irish music out of the corner and into the international spotlight, where it has remained ever since.

Mickey and Liam, too, learned Irish songs at their father's knee. Mickey's rich, baritone voice and Liam's mastery of stringed instruments quickly found a home when Rory met the Spains and realized the power of their combined talents. But folk songs are ingrained in both families and their songwriting contains the timeless qualities of folk classics, songs of the worker, songs of the sea and Irish culture. They tell the tale of Ireland and its people – a culture that has undergone terrible strife, but remains strong.

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The Washington County Community College, (W.C.C.C.) is located off Rt. 1, on One College Ave., Calais, ME.. Tickets are $15.00 adult, $5.00 for 15 yrs and under. Pre-show tickets are on sale at Karen's Diner and Korner Pub, downtown Calais. For more info/reservations call 207-214-2067.