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Belfast Telegraph: Rare Oul' Times Still Going

Right at the weekend of the Belfast gig, the Belfast Telegraph did a lengthy feature by Damien Murray about meeting the boys during a promotional stint a few days before the N.I. gigs. We reprint a few quotes but invite you to click the link below to read the full review!

You don't need to be from the Irish capital to be a member of The Dubliners - but apparently you do need a beard. [...] As an entertainment and music journalist, I have been lucky enough to have seen many performers over the years. In the mid 1960s, however, one of the first groups I remember seeing was a rather hairy bunch of men known as The Dubliners. They must have made quite an impression on me for I have subsequently seen them again and again in fact, 60 times to be exact. Unlike other groups of the day, they were accessible, down to earth, without airs or graces - the kind of people you could easily bump into in the pub. So it was no big surprise that when they recently spoke to 24/7, the chosen venue was Belfast's Crown Bar. It may sound surreal to share a snug with five world-famous musicians whom I normally watch from a seat in a concert hall, but really nothing could have felt more natural or comfortable. Like having a drink with old friends, the conversation and craic flowed as easily as a pint of stout in the hands of a thirsty man when Barney McKenna, John Sheahan, Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell and Patsy Watchorn got into their stride. [...] With little coaxing they played their hearts out in a spontaneous session, Barney McKenna leading the chorus in a rousing version of South Australia. After 44 years on the road, with a few line-up changes along the way, it may not be "too late to stop now", to quote original banjo player McKenna, but according to long-time member, fiddler John Sheahan, "it's certainly too late to start again!" So, what has been the secret of their longevity?

Read the answer and much more by clicking below!
Belfast Telegraph Article


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