The songs of The Dubliners
‘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.