About the book
The only book of its kind - January 2009, after 23 years of being safely packed away, Karen Klausner Chute took the taped interviews and travel journal from her trip to Ireland and wrote about her adventures and the collected stories that she was given from the Clancy and Makem families and friends.
Carried along by fate driven circumstances, Karen was led to hearing Irish music for the first time at the 15 year Reunion Concert of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. This led to an interview with Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy about the music. Which led her to flying from Los Angeles to Ireland in the Spring of ’86 where six months from the day of the concert she was having breakfast with Tommy and Liam in their Belfast hotel.
Karen, with her tape recorder in hand, knocked unannounced on the doors of their family and friends and was invited in, and with great candor she was told intimate stories of their family life, childhood antics, young adulthood dreams and the chain of events that led to the forming of the group.
It’s the adventure of a single woman following fate’s “nudges” that led her to Paddy Clancy’s house where he told her of the struggles he and his brother Tom had in a new country, America. To Peg Clancy’s house, where she speaks of the family life they grew up in and her big brothers, Paddy and Tom and the little dreamer brother, Liam. To a shy and candid talk with Tommy Makem about his life. To Northern Ireland where the warmth of Mona, Nancy and Jack Makem’s stories of their little brother Tommy and mother Sarah Makem where in deep contrast to the cold occupied, “troubled” streets of their home town.
For fear of the stories being lost forever, she shares them now. You don’t have to be a fan or be Irish to appreciate Karen’s adventures collecting the stories of these four remarkable men, Paddy, Tom and Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem.