I’LL TELL ME MA – THE LIAM CLANCY STORY – NOW ON AT PENTAMETERS THEATRE, HAMPSTEAD UNTIL 29TH NOV. TUE-SAT 8pm SUN 5pm.
The Clancy Bros. and Tommy Makem were bigger in the USA in 1963 than the Beatles. Bob Dylan to this day claims that Liam Clancy is the best ballad singer he ever heard.
Yet they may never have existed if it wasn’t for Diane Hamilton (Guggenheim). She was a wealthy American divorcee with money and influence, and she loved music.
In the mid 1950’s she toured Ireland, searching for talent for her new record label, and discovered, amongst others, Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem.
As a result, Liam Clancy found himself in the USA, aged 20, learning the music and acting business, courtesy of Diane Guggenheim – and in between trying to keep Diane out of his bed. Diane was so smitten that she attempted suicide one night, after Liam literally kicked her from of his bed in her house in Connecticut. That was when Liam lit out for Greenwich Village, and the Clancy Bros were born.
BOB DYLAN, to this day, says Liam was the best ballad singer he ever heard.