The Makem Brothers — Shane Makem, Conor Makem and Rory Makem — are Irish musicians who live in the United States and perform together with two other brothers. They are the three sons of "The Godfather of Irish Music" Tommy Makem, and grandsons of Irish source singer Sarah Makem.
The brothers were born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland and grew up in Dover, New Hampshire. Shane Makem was born in 1967, Conor Makem in 1968 and Rory Makem in 1969.
Shane and Conor graduated from Stonehill College in Massachusetts. Rory graduated from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he formed a band with Lisa Gentile, Lisa Lisa and the Country Jam.
The New Hampshire-based Irish folk musicians teamed up with The Spain Brothers, Liam and Mickey Spain, to become The Makem and Spain Brothers. Their combined forces preserve and advance folk music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and New England, as well as whaling songs, fishing songs, mining songs, even Australian Bush songs. Influences include The Clancy Brothers, Ewan MacColl, and The Corries.