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Mountain City Traditional Arts to Host Famed Irish Singer Rory Makem

Frostburg State University’s Mountain City Traditional Arts will host famed Irish singer Rory Makem on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. at 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required, though donations are greatly appreciated.

A seasoned performer with more than 35 years on the road, Rory has toured extensively with The Makem Brothers and The Makem and Spain Brothers and for 17 years played guitar with his father, Tommy Makem. He has played sold-out venues, festivals and theaters throughout the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland and Ireland, captivating his audiences with charisma, passion for the songs, poetry, history, humor and skilled musicianship.

The love of song runs deep in the family. Continuing a legacy handed down from his grandmother, the legendary source singer Sarah Makem, Rory pulls the songs of the worker, the sailor, the lovers, the fighters and the land from the pages of history and breathes life into them. An adept interpreter of folk songs, he masterfully accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, mandolin and bouzouki.

Not limiting himself to the stage, Rory has played on movie soundtracks, including “A Fool and His Money” and “The Lightkeeper.” His compositions can be heard as the backdrop for PBS series as diverse as “Tommy Tang’s Modern Thai Cuisine,” “It’s an Age Thing” and “Simply Painting.”

He has also recorded with some luminaries of modern folk music, including Tom Paxton, Noel Paul Stookey, Bill Staines, Eric Weissberg, Roger McGuinn, Dave Mallett, Gordon Bok, Jonathan Edwards, Rick and Ron Shaw, and Schooner Fare.

MCTA is a program of FSU and a founding member of Maryland’s Folklife Network. It receives support from the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council.

For more information, call 301-687-8040.

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