The songs of The Dublin­ers

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

‘ALL For Me Grog’ the songs and story of The Dublin­ers, will take place at Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre in Bray on Satur­day, June 29, at 8 p.m.

Pre­sented by ‘The Lib­er­ties’, the orig­i­nal line-up of Ron­nie Drew, Luke Kelly, Bar­ney McKenna, Ciaran Burke and John Shee­han, is brought to life with the same in­stru­men­ta­tion, songs, and close as you will get vo­cals, bring­ing to the stage a show of un­canny ac­cu­racy.

With his red hair, beard and mag­netic charisma, five string banjo mae­stro James Gal­lagher’s pow­er­ful im­pres­sive voice is so rem­i­nis­cent of Luke Kelly’s golden vo­cal chords, that it has to be a fluke. His ren­di­tions of songs such as ‘Raglan Road’ and ‘Scorn Not His Sim­plic­ity’ are breath­tak­ing in their pure­ness and clar­ity.

Gui­tar pick­ing Dublin man An­thony Rooney, sings with gusto and a re­al­ity that en­com­passes the won­der­ful tal­ent of the great Ir­ish Bal­ladeers, and in do­ing so, he keeps alive a won­der­ful Dublin tra­di­tion.

On whis­tles, gui­tar, vo­cals and some amus­ing chat is deep voiced Dubliner, Jeremy Jenk­in­son, bring­ing to the show the mag­nif­i­cence of the con­tri­bu­tion that Ciaran Burke and Ron­nie Drew brought to the orig­i­nal Dublin­ers. In fact, it’s Jeremy’s vo­cals that are fea­tured on the Lib­er­ties record­ing of ‘All For Me Grog’.

From Lis­sacasey, in County Clare, comes John Hill, a young man from a fam­ily steeped in tra­di­tional mu­sic and a nephew of mu­si­cal leg­end Noel Hill. His consummate skill on the tenor banjo just has to be seen and heard to be be­lieved and ap­pre­ci­ated. His mas­tery of Bar­ney McKenna’s style and sound is a show in it­self.

Bar­dan John­ston is the ‘quiet man’ of The Lib­er­ties, but his fid­dle play­ing is a talk­ing, singing, elec­tri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. A clas­si­cally trained mu­si­cian, he repli­cates Dublin­ers vi­o­lin mae­stro John Shee­han’s unique sound to per­fec­tion.

The show in­cludes The Black Vel­vet Band, McAlpines Fusiliers, The Span­ish Lady, The Ir­ish Rover, The Auld Tri­an­gle, The Part­ing Glass and of course, the song that made The Dublin­ers in­ter­na­tional stars - Seven Drunken Nights, plus all their other hits.

Tick­ets cost €20 or €18 con­ces­sion and are avail­able from the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre.

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