Happenstance has created its own unique sound, like no other you'll hear. But, we do like to pay tribute here to the big influences on our development.
Luke is our biggest hero and influence.
Liam Clancy & Tommy Makem
These two lad should get a spot of their own on this page. Each was a giant of folk music in his own right.
They both emerged from Ireland and emigrated to the US to help form the band "The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem". When the band split, they went their own ways and had successful solo careers, but then came back again to amaze audiences as a duo.
In our book, Liam Clancy is second only to Luke Kelly as a ballad singer, with a beautifully mellow voice. Learn more about LIam here:
Whereas Tommy Makem wrote and sang some of the most beautiful ballads every written. Listen to the power of "Four Green Fields"
Ewan MacColl was probably the single most powerful force behind the revival of folk music in England and Scotland during the 20th century. Imagine the earthy, gutsiness of Woody Guthrie and combine that with the romantic poetry of Pete Seeger, and inject that into a storyteller of British folk life and you have Ewan.
Ewan wrote over 300 songs during, almost all of them reflecting and commentating on the political changes that were affecting ordinary working class people. He was a champion of the working class, the poor, the have-nots, the dispossessed, the suppressed and exploited.
And when he was not writing his own songs, he was singing those that had their origins deep in the underbelly of British history and encouraging folk to get in touch with their roots.
One audience favorite, written by Ewan about his home town of Salford, in England, is Dirty Old Town. Here accompanied by his wife, Peggy Seeger.
And here played by the Pogues.