Mary McAleese

Singer Tommy Makem dies at 74

Irish singer, songwriter and storyteller Tommy Makem, who teamed with the Clancy Brothers to become stars during the folk music boom, died of cancer Wednesday. He was 74.

Mr. Makem died in Dover, N.H., where he had lived for many years, his son Conor said yesterday. He had battled lung cancer.

Mr. Makem, who was born in Ireland, came to the United States in the 1950s to seek work as an actor. He grew to international fame while performing with the band, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. The brothers, also from Ireland, were Tom, Liam and Paddy Clancy.

Armed with his banjo, tin whistle, poetry, stagecraft and his baritone voice, Mr. Makem helped spread stories and...