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Makem Brothers Celebrate the Irish

KEENE, NH, February 14, 2002 - The Makem Brothers - Conor, Rory, and Shane - will appear at Keene State Colleges Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond, Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. Sons of the legendary godfather of Irish music, Tommy Makem, the brothers have proved to be one of Americas top Irish folk groups. Their performances are notable for the fun they generate and the comfortable rapport the musicians develop with the audience.

Tickets for the concert, which promises to be a celebration of all that is Irish, are available through the Brickyard Pond box office, 603-358-2168. Prices are $15.50 for the general public, $13.50 for seniors and KSC faculty and staff, $8.50 for youth 17 and younger, and $5 for KSC students with ID. You may also order tickets at the Brickyard Pond website,

In ten years the brothers have gone to the top of Irish folk music in America. It was not an easy task. Being the sons of Tommy Makem, they faced enormous expectations. With vocal harmonies backed by the aggressive musical talent of Shanes nylon string guitar, Conors bass, and Rorys five-string longneck banjo, they have earned the applause of critics and audiences alike.

They are noted for a big sound that is firmly rooted in the musical traditions of the United States and Ireland. They sing the songs that tell the story of Ireland and the Irish around the world. Setting their words to the sounds of the bazouki and concertina, the bodhran and mandolin, they create a synthesis of traditional Irish music and song.

They have appeared on both national and international stages. On PBS Television they have been heard on well over 70 stations across the U.S. Theyve topped TV ratings in Ireland, made appearances at the World Cup, and played for Irish festivals in Chicago, Boston, New York, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Savannah, Newport, Milwaukee, and the Canadian Maritimes.

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