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The Makem & Spain Brother and The Young Dubliners usher in the weekend

BioPark Features Two Nights of Irish Music

The Young Dubliners perform Celtic Rock at the Zoo on July 11

July 9, 2014

This Thursday and Friday, the ABQ BioPark presents two bands with two very different approaches to Irish music. Thursday’s Summer Nights performance features traditional Irish Folk music by The Makem & Spain Brothers, while Friday’s Zoo Music concert will be an energetic performance of Celtic Rock with the Young Dubliners.

“Albuquerque really enjoys Irish music,” says Maryann Torrez, Special Events Coordinator. “The Young Dubliners have been a hit at the BioPark before--we’re excited to have them back--and the Makem and Spain Brothers bring a long line of traditional Irish roots with them to the Botanic Garden.”

On Thursday, July 10, the Makem and Spain Brothers take the Botanic Garden stage. The band is helping to keep a rich musical tradition alive. Tommy Makem, band member Rory Makem’s father, was known as the Godfather of Irish Music, credited with bringing traditional jigs to worldwide prominence. Bringing their own interpretations to the music, the Makem and Spain Brothers stay true to the roots of their musical culture. Pete Seeger said of the band, “(They) show people of many different backgrounds that old songs don’t have to die, if a small group of men or women love them and make sure to get together once in a while to sing them.”

The next night, July 11, The Young Dubliners, a BioPark perennial favorite, will urge listeners from their seats and to the dance floor within the first few beats of their high-speed Irish-inspired rock. The band members come from diverse roots--some have no Irish heritage to claim--and that makes for a rich diversity in their music, as all the members help write new songs. Their latest album, Nine, was released just a few months ago in March and is a completely independent endeavor, financed by fans and a tribute to the band’s creativity. The Spokane Inlander says the album is “like a pint of honest rock music with a shot of Irish flair dropped in for extra kick."

Summer Nights and Zoo Music concerts tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the gate. Prices are: $10 adults; $5 seniors (65+); $3 children (3-12); Children 2 and younger are free. BioPark Members half-price.

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