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New Makem & Spain Album

Liam Spain

Bouzouki, Vocals

Mickey Spain

Guitar, Vocals

Rory Makem

Banjo, Vocals


Show Dates


  • April 20
  • The Seanachai Room (the Old Triangle)
  • Halifax NS
  • April 21
  • The Highland Arts Theatre
  • Sydney NS
  • April 22
  • The De Coste Centre
  • Pictou NS
  • April 23
  • The Shannon Theatre
  • Port Hawkesbury NS
  • April 24
  • The Pourhouse (the old Triangle)
  • Charlottetown PEI
  • May 28-29
  • Gaelic Park Irish Fest
  • Chicago IL
  • July 19
  • One Longfellow Square
  • Portland ME
  • July 20
  • Deertrees Theatre
  • Harrison ME
  • August 12-14
  • An Ri Ra
  • Butte MT
  • August 19
  • The Ellen Theatre
  • Bozeman MT
  • September 10-11
  • Pittsburgh Irish Festival
  • West Homestead PA
  • September 17
  • Centerpointe Theater
  • Ottawa ON
  • September 23-25
  • Celtic Classic
  • Bethlehem PA
  • October 6
  • The Palace Theatre
  • Manchester NH
  • (with Dave Mallett, The Mallett Brothers,
    Schooner Fare, Tom Paxton)
  • October 8
  • Irish Cultural Center
  • Portland ME

The Tradition Continues



The Makem & Spain story



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

Not in the past 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 and Spain are at their best onstage 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 they realized the power of their combined talents.

But folk songs are engrained 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.

Where is Irish music going? There are instrumental bands bringing it down uncharted roads, moving it forward and keeping it living. But there is only one band that is driving Irish folk songs into the 21st century internationally. That band is Makem and Spain.

"This is America's top Irish folk group"


The Sunday Chronicle Muskegon, Michigan


Line Up





Makem & Spain


Rory Makem


Mickey Spain


Liam Spain

The third generation of legendary Irish folk musicians.


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