Irish folk singer TOMMY MAKEM has is battling lung cancer, but refuses to let the disease stop him from touring. The 74-year-old was diagnosed in May (06) and insists he will continue to play for fans "as long as he has a voice to sing". Makem is not suffering from any pain at the moment, saying, "I'm still up and positive."
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.