This past Saturday my wife Chris and I especially enjoyed the Makem and Spain Brothers Concert at the Rochester Opera House. They’ve been doing a special concert there for over 10 years, back to the times that father Tommy would appear with them. We were inspired to go this year, as I had seen the lads in the recording studio a few weeks earlier, when I helped then capture some video connected with a new Christmas song Mick had just written (I Heard the Bells). That helped me to see that they are sounding especially great, and to learn they’d be sprinkling in some special Christmas songs in this Saturday-after-Thanksgiving concert.
Well….we weren’t disappointed. Nice cozy theater, great sound system, and all four voices and instruments blending and ringing out beautifully all evening.
Rory (when he wasn’t playing guitar or bouzouki) played Tommy’s old banjo – which brought a bit of history and nostalgia to the stage for me. Connor does an excellent job with tasteful electric bass, and then adds a lot with concertina or whistle in some special songs or tunes. Mick and Liam Spain bring their super-strong voices and tasty playing, and it all works as a whole with the ‘Makem’ part of the sound you just have to sit back and say, “Wow.”
They did indeed do some Christmas songs – including the new one. That capped off the night with a holiday feel, which, now that Thanksgiving is over, we were ready to really enjoy.
If you haven’t seen them, or if it’s been awhile – I’d recommend you find a time to give a good listen. In the mean time, their new CD, “Up the Stairs” is among their very best.