One of the most famous and influential Irish bands of all time is the Dubliners. This year marks the 50th anniversary of their formation, and although their lineup has changed quite a bit over the years they are still going strong to present day. Regrettably, the last of the original founding 4 members of the Dubliners, Barney McKenna, passed away earlier this year. For the first time in their 50 year history, the Dubliners are without a founding member. The other 3 founding members were Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, and Ciaran Bourke.
The group formed in 1962 in Dublin. They started off performing in O’Donoghue’s Pub in Dublin. They played regularly throughout the 1960’s at this pub. They gained popularity and really exploded in the eyes of the public through the 1970’s into the 1980’s. In 1984, Luke Kelly passed away after battling health issues from which he previously sat out as a member of the Dubliners.
The above song is one of my favorites, and this version is a great example of Luke Kelly and what he brought to the Dubliners.
Throughout the years, the Dubliners have produced a multitude of albums and singles. They have also collaborated with others including Christy Moore and even The Pogues. The Dubliners are still touring throughout Europe and remain a force in the world of traditional Irish music.
I’ll leave you with one of the most famous of all Irish songs…..remade over and over by countless artists, even a rock remake by Metallica!