Summer Nights: The Makem & Spain Brothers at the ABQ Biopark Botanic Garden

With five male vocals and a host of various instruments, the Makem and Spain Brothers have taken the international stage with a unique sound and powerful stage presence, capturing the essence of Irish music. The group is at their best onstage where their talent and enthusiasm draw in fans who have never experienced the joy of folk music. They have played before millions of people from Canada to Texas, from California to the Caribbean and over to Ireland, highlighting national PBS specials and popular Irish talk shows along the way.

The Makem Brothers, Conor and Rory, were born in Drogheda, County Louth, about an hour north of Dublin, coming from a family with a rich musical heritage. The Spain Brothers, too, learned Irish songs at their father's knee. Mickey's rich, baritone voice and Liam's mastery of stringed instruments quickly found a home when the Makems met the Spains and the brothers realized the power of their combined talents.

But folk songs are engrained in both families and their songwriting contains the timeless qualities of folk classics, songs of the worker, songs of the sea and Irish culture. They tell the tale of Ireland and its people - a culture that has undergone terrible strife, but remains strong.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and concerts begin at 7 p.m., rain or shine. Both the Aquarium and Botanic Garden will be open until 8 p.m.

Hula hoop with the Ritzy Rouge Hula Hoop Troupe from 6-8 p.m.

The Clan Tynker Family Circus will also join the fun with magic shows.

Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome, but please do not bring glass containers or alcoholic beverages into the park. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase.

Tickets:  Adults: $10 *Seniors and BioPark Members: $5   *Children: $3   *Children 2 and younger free

More information and tickets: http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark/garden/events/summer-nights-makem-spain-brothers

You can buy tickets from any BioPark cashier from 9 a.m - 4:30 p.m. daily and starting at 6 p.m. on concert nights. No telephone orders.

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