Irish Music: Meet The Dubliners

Irish Music: Meet The Dubliners

WHO THEY ARE:

Like many great bands, The Dubliners have had different members at different periods in their history. The folk group originally started in 1962 with members Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Ciaran Bourke, and Barney McKenna. However, Luke Kelly left the band in 1964. The remaining trio was joined by Bobby Lynch and John Sheahan; this group of five is considered by many to be the original Dubliners.

Other members have floated in and out of the scene through the bands span of nearly six decades. Today, a group that features Sean Cannon, Gerry O’Connor, and Patsy Watchorn tour as The Dublin Legends. Sean began playing with The Dubliners in 1982, and Gerry started playing with them in 2003 while Barney McKenna recovered from an illness. Patsy has been playing with the group since 2005. Along with his brother Paul Watchorn and member Paul Kelly, these men keep the spirit of The Dubliners alive.

HOW THEY GOT THEIR START:

The original foursome started playing at bars in Dublin. After transitioning to the quintet, they were discovered by an executive with Transatlantic Records while playing at the Edinburgh Festival in 1963. They started recording with the label and had their first major breakthrough in 1967 with the hit “Seven Drunken Nights.” They broke into the charts and became a worldwide sensation. Their fame continued to grow, both in Ireland and around the world over the next four decades.

POPULAR TUNES:

“The Leaving of Liverpool” (1965)
“Whiskey in the Jar” (1967)
“Seven Drunken Nights” (1967) **Their first major hit.
“The Spanish Lady” (1976)
“The Parting Glass” (1979)
“Dicey Reilly” (1985)
“Grace” (2003)

WHERE YOU CAN HEAR THEM TODAY:

The Dublin Legends still perform today and have concert dates throughout 2018 in much of Europe. Visit their official site, dublinlegends.com for tour dates and tickets.


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