Gay Byrne Introducing The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
The Late Late Show
April 28, 1984
"…Now ladies and gentlemen…what you're going to see is a bit of history in the making and it's something that you're not going to see again.
Our next four guests in the early 60's were undoubtedly the most famous four Irishmen in the world.
They came together from Carrick-on-Suir and Keady, Co Armagh to sing songs that generations of Irish people had neglected and they had lain dormant for generations. And in singing those songs they sang their way into the hearts of millions of people right across the world but particularly in America, as well as the UK and here in Ireland.
And not only that but they paved the way for a whole host of other people to do something similar in music.
In the way of all good groups, after twelve, thirteen years in the business they split up and they went their separate ways.
And they are coming together for the first time in fifteen years to do a show in Lincoln Centre in New York on May the 20th. Now it's a beautiful place, the Lincoln Centre, the Avery Fisher Hall and it seats three thousand people. And the booking opened last week, the show is not until the 20^th of May and already, we heard today, it is booked out to capacity, not a seat left which would give you some idea of the measure of popularity that they have in the United States.
Fifteen years later they are coming together for that and fifteen years later they are coming together on The Late Late Show tonight. So when you welcome them you are welcoming, literally, a Living Legend of Music if I can put it that way.
Would you welcome, please, The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem".