Dublin­ers look to cel­e­brate 50th year

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IR­ISH tra­di­tional mu­sic le­gends the Dublin­ers head­line the Mu­sic Hall on Satur­day. Formed in 1962 in Dublin the five-piece are set to cel­e­brate their 50th an­niver­sary next year. And fid­dle player John Shea­han, 71, re­vealed they are work­ing on some­thing spe­cial to hon­our the land­mark, re­mem­ber­ing for­mer mem­bers Ron­nie Drew and Luke Kelly who have passed away. John said: “We are look­ing to do a re­flec­tive con­cert with video clips of the past for the 50th an­niver­sary. “A few years ago we put a show to­gether called A Time to Re­mem­ber. We had Ron­nie and Luke pro­jected on a video screen be­hind us and we played along­side them. “It was a very emo­tional show as it was like play­ing with them again af­ter all those years. “We are work­ing on some­thing along those lines again.” The Dublin­ers are renowned for high-tempo, eu­phoric party songs such as Ir­ish Rover. How­ever, they can just as eas­ily slip into the melan­cholic, shown by their mem­o­rable ver­sion of Ewan MacColl’s Dirty Old Town. “The last 49 years seem like a dream,” he said. “That time has passed so quickly. Maybe one of the rea­sons we are still to­gether is that there have been no bind­ing agree­ments or con­tracts. “We just go from day to day for the love of the mu­sic. “And, of course, that friend­ship is still there af­ter all those years as well.”

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