Great Britain March 2013

The Dublin Legends

Premiere Tour  

Great Britain, March 2013

The Dublin Legends were off to a brilliant start a very few days ago - like rockets, to quote one review.

There was magic on stage, fun everywhere, more music than you could put on a 128gig memory stick and creativity sparkling all night long. You never knew if they were opening with "The Ferryman" or "The Irish Washerwoman", you never knew if they even would include "Seven Drunken Nights" - and still leave you breathless, fascinated and thouroughly entertained. But this time around, don't take our word for it - let's have a look what others, mainly the press, had to say...

The Irish Post, was there to see the first ever Dublin Legends gig at Dunstable (12 March 2013) at the Grive Theatre and was highly impressed by Eamonn Campbell:

"The Drogheda man underwent major surgery at the end of January but nobody in the audience could possibly have guessed. Many lesser musicians would have cancelled the tour for less reason. [...] Campbell says musicians should never retire. What an example he sets. He should be compulsory study for aspiring young musicians."

(Note: If you want to read more of what Eamonn said, there are two interviews with him - a Daily Echo interview and and one from The Oxford Times.)

Among other things, the review spoke of "brilliant Tipperary multi-instrumentalist O’Connor", of "Sean Cannon’s dry sense of humour and easy entertaining" and noticed: "Patsy Watchorn clearly felt at home with the new set-up, his sound pushed more to the fore than previously with The Dubliners."

Read the full review here and follow their closing advice:
"Catch The Dublin Legends if they are appearing near you."

The Solihull Observer featured a report about the 15 March 2013 gig at the Town Hall in Birmingham. Here are a few quotes:

"The first half featured a well-balanced mix of jigs, reels and traditional Irish songs , together with a couple of superb solos from O'Connor [...] I'll Tell Me Ma provided an upbeat start to the second half which was sharply contrasted by a fitting tribute to Barney McKenna [...] As the quartet took a deserved bow, I surveyed the endless smiling faces around me.

Go for the full review here.

Another Birmingham review comes from the FolkAll blog, mentioning among other things: "Sean Cannon drew the audience in on the act with familiar anthems Rare Ol’ Mountain Dew and one of the firm favourites Black Velvet Band. [...] This was followed by a Phil Coulter rendition A Town I Love So Well with Patsy on vocals, Gerry providing harmony on fiddle and accentuated by some gorgeous guitar picking by Eamonn."

Again, here's the link to the uncut blog

The Public Reviews offers a nice review of the Salford March 17 show at The Lowry. Tgey observed a couple of things other reviewers didn't: 

"The current line-up is less self-referential in their approach and more relaxed seeming to prefer being a simple band rather than an object of admiration [...] Ironically by continuing their career past the point where it might have been logical to draw it to a close the former members of The Dubliners, along with their new recruit, demonstrate why they deserve to be regarded as legends."

Read his full article here.

The Daily Echo not only interviewed Eamonn, but also ran a review about the Basingstoke appearance on March 22nd 2013 of which we quote a few lines:

"The first of their two sets started off at a gentle pace but then roared into
full steam with I’ll Tell Me Ma, Spanish Lady, The Rocky Road to Dublin and
Dirty Old Town. And The Irish Rover, which became a hit single when The
Dubliners recorded it with The Pogues, really got them reeling in the aisles.
With his razor sharp Irish wit Sean introduced the classic Irish folk anthem
by saying: “We learned this today on Youtube!”"

Check out the full review here.

Pazzy P wrote a very nice review in his blog, saying among other things:

"Their set list consisted of the usual mix of old favourites alongside a few lesser known tunes with Patsy Watchorn and Sean Canon sharing the vocal duties. Watchorn proved strongest on the ballads, particular highlights of the evening being his renditions of ‘The Town I Loved So Well’, ‘Dublin in the Rare Auld Times’ and ‘Ringsend Rose’ which was an unexpected though welcome addition to the concert. Sean Canon was on hand to deliver a selection of the old favourites [...] all the old concert staples were delivered with a renewed energy and vigour ‘The Irish Rover’ had the audience up off their seats, dancing [...] The audience left the concert hall well and truly satisfied, swapping comments about how brilliant the show had been."

Be sure to read the full review here.


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