Berlin, Germany - 24 November 2013

The Dublin Legends

Full blast at the Tempodrom

Berlin, Germany, November 24, 2013

After long months of waiting and reading great reviews from previous gigs, it was time for The Dublin Legends to rock and roll Berlin again. Originally a friend and I wanted to go to Trier, but it was cancelled and brought us another two long days of waiting… So we travelled to Berlin, met some friends there and went as a group of seven people to the concert. 

We arrived with a little loop way round the badly lit sports field near the Tempodrom. We are more or less visually handicapped, and so we saw the illuminated venue – but not the road. Finally we found a way to it and took our seats with the fantastic help of an assistant from the entrance. 

We had a great view, but
sat a bit away from the crowd in the first half. It didn’t impair the atmosphere. Sadly, Gerry was not there, he was on US-Tour with Joe Bonamassa. So Paul Kelly joined in for him. He is a great musician on the fiddle and the banjo. Amongst other tunes, they sang “The Ferryman”, “Courtin’ in The Kitchen”, “When The Boys Come Rolling Home”, “Rare Old Mountain Dew” and “Fainne Geal an Lae”. Patsy performed his beautiful versions of “The Town I Loved So Well” and “Fields of Athenry”. 

After the break we joined the crowd. It was the best decision we could have made. Starting with “I’ll Tell Me Ma” over “Belfast Hornpipe – Swallow’s Tail”, “Laird of Drumblair – Mason’s Apron” and many classics they rocked the venue, totally ignoring their age. It was great to see Eamonn dancing with the lads on stage while performing a Rock’n’Roll-version of “Dirty Old Town” or performing the reels along with Paul. Seán performed “The Rocky Road to Dublin”, which fitted very well into this day, because of more or less serious train problems. (Everybody was in time – as far as I know). It really was a “Rocky Road to Berlin”. 

With “Whiskey in the Jar” and a “Dankeschön” (thank you) they left the stage. When they came back for some extra songs, Seán said all smiling: “You are a fantastic audience, and so it’s good we know another song.” They finished up with the “Wild Rover” and “Molly Malone”, backed by the audience singing along. It was a great evening with a magical atmosphere. Seán told us that it is wonderful to be back in Germany, especially Berlin, and they hope to be back next year. 

Looking forward to it! 

Review & pictures by Juliane, Germany




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