Dublin, Ireland - 28 December 2013

The Dublin Legends Vicar Street Premiere

28 December 2013  

Vicar Street here we go… Lads in excellent form and yours truly sitting too near to take pics of the whole group (but not too near for other purposes!) Some trepidation at the beginning – this is the first TDL gig in Dublin (excepting the one in O’Donoghue’s in August)… How will it go? Any bets? (Renata)

Only a few minutes into the show and Seán already looking very satisfied with the audience. Hardly surprising really – we were singing and clapping as if our lives depended on it! [Enid]

Legendary already, Gerry and Eamonn's fantastic tribute to Barney – "Billy In The Low Ground / The Moving Cloud" – an exciting mix of American bluegrass and Irish traditional. Seen many times, yet never the same, it constantly surprises with unexpected variations and delightful improvisations. And needless to say, Vicar Street was no exception! [Enid]

Certainly one of the highlights in Vicar Street – and in every Dublin Legends' concert – their rocking, rollicking, rousing, rip-roaring, roof-raising rendition of Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town". [Enid]

Gerry tells the audience about Patrick Joseph’s story and it’s a moving moment because Patrick Joseph’s wife and daughter are in the audience, listening… And tonight he plays “Song for PJ” particularly for them – although we feel it could very well fit some poignant moment in the life of each of us… (Renata)

"'Twas the only job I knew, it was hard but never lonely..."
No, Patsy wasn't waxing autobiographical here about the life of a musician, 'twas "The Ferryman" of course. Or perhaps he was...? [Enid]

This rugged landscape is a metaphor for a musician who has played more gigs and arranged and produced more records than he can remember – and still does these things with the same concentration and the same pleasure. (Renata)

Seán listening intently from the back of the stage as Gerry, accompanied by Eamonn's guitar, played "a couple of tunes on the banjo". At first just tapping the rhythm with his hand, later stringing along with the protagonists... [Enid]

This cowboy stance of Patsy’s (he’s resting a foot on the banjo stand) goes with the well known Australian drinking song “All For Me Grog”. Incidentally, as a non-native speaker of English I was convinced for a long time that the lyrics went “When I first came ashore with me plumber” and I sometimes wondered if really there were plumbers on ships… (Renata)

Gerry and Sean listening for their next cue, smiling as Patsy announces the next song with an amusing anecdote. And in the meantime Gerry very kindly obliging my waiting camera with a nice little dance interlude. [Enid]

Seán looking slightly sad at the thought of the unhappy fate of Molly Malone. Not for long though, no reason to be sad… when the bet’s been won! (Renata)

"Ó ghuairm í 's guairim í go deo
Sí grá mo chroí mo bhurnín í sí Peigín Leitirmór"
I don't speak Irish, unfortunately, so unlike Patsy and Eamonn (and Gerry too, although not visible here) I couldn't join Seán in the chorus. You might be asking how I know all that then? Well, as Seán would say: "I found it on Wikipedia..." [Enid]

Rewind – back towards the beginning, here’s Seán accompanying Patsy while he’s singing “The Town I Loved So Well”. It was easier from my angle to take photos of him while he was not singing because the microphone stand was not in the way then. Nice close-up, even if I say so myself (Renata)

Éamonn joins the others for the refrain of “The Black Velvet Band”. Éamonn’s voice is rarely heard on its own, which I personally think is a pity. Still, with so many things he has to do on stage, we can’t expect him to sing solo as well… or can we? It happened before… (Renata)

Yet another of Seán’s pics while he’s singing Molly Malone. He’s looking remarkably happier – her ghost is still there after all (and a substantial and rather risqué statue can be seen in Dublin of course, a nice scarf could have helped stave the fever off) and more important, the audience is sending off very appreciative vibes. (Renata)

Gerry immersed in a purple haze – literally speaking of course! – and seemingly oblivious to all but his fiddle and the music. Or perhaps simply picturing those eyes that "shone like diamonds" that Seán was just singing about...? [Enid]


A nice sepia version of the two rockers Patsy and Éamonn during their by now super-famous version of “Dirty Old Town”. Why sepia, you say? Well, they suddenly moved out of the lights, or the lights didn’t follow them, and the photo came out a bit out of focus… but you wouldn’t have thrown it away, would you? (Renata)

"I'm dreaming of... "
Well, this was 28th December – whatever Eamonn was dreaming of here, it wasn't a white Christmas! A pity I forgot to ask... [Enid]

Final bars of “Molly”, I’ve already put my camera away and I’m singing along happily … and then Seán opens his arms to include us all in an embrace! Couldn’t miss this one! (Renata)

A sprightly, smiling Eamonn – quite clearly in top form and enjoying himself to the full! [Enid]

Gerry having great fun with those Fermoy Lassies – and yours truly having great fun listening and watching! Together with all the other clapping, cheering, foot tapping fans at Vicar Street. But you'd better not ask me how many shots I took of that flying fiddle to get at least one that was reasonably in focus… [Enid]

And talking of taking photos – it proved rather difficult to capture a decent one of Seán, sitting, as I was, right in front of his microphone. Of course it would be far too presumptuous on my part to think he recognised my dilemma and helped me out now and then by stepping to the side. As in this picture. So let's just say it was a lucky coincidence... [Enid]

“Dirty Old Town” still taking place under the stage lights, with Patsy and Éamonn having the time of their lives (and giving us ours). (Renata)

Emigration, an important theme in Seán's repertoire. In Vicar Street he sang the poignant, heart-rending "Shores Of Amerikay", a ballad that, as he told us, he had learned from his mother. Here Gerry playing his short-but-sweet fiddle intermezzo. [Enid]

"For the heart of the rowl is Dicey Reilly..."
It goes without saying that Eamonn wasn't the only one who joined Patsy in the chorus here – on the contrary, it sounded pretty much as if most of the visitors knew those lines well too. They sang them with great gusto – and of course we all clapped correctly and in the right places! [Enid]

Eamonn keeping an eye on the others on stage – and Barney still keeping an eye on everything... [Enid/Renata]

Another sepia photo. Patsy’s singing “The Town I Loved So Well” and the sepia somehow matches the mood – memories of a town one loved and can’t recognise anymore… (Renata)

The maestro and his banjo. Always a pleasure to listen to, always a pleasure to watch, but admittedly not always a pleasure to take photographs of! Especially when the photographer's hands and feet are dancing the Belfast Hornpipe to the music... [Enid]

The sun of the audience’s approval shines on The Dublin Legends as they proceed to treat us once again to music and craic. This is Patsy warming us up with “Dicey Reilly” – and very appropriately, the stage lights cooperate… (Renata)

Seán deep in thought here. No doubt simply concentrating on playing the guitar and dancing to the music at the same time. Or was he, after all, grieving the loss of those seven million barrels of porter that went down with the Irish Rover? A sobering thought indeed... [Enid/Renata]

The final stroke of their brilliant duet. With what manifest pleasure they performed together, and how the audience loved it! Great fun all round – both on stage and off! [Enid]

That was it – the first ever gig of The Dublin Legends at Vicar Street! A huge success – and a great time had by all! But was anyone seriously expecting anything else? Here's Patsy telling us how much they've enjoyed performing and thanking us for being such a wonderful audience. The pleasure was all ours lads! [Enid]

All photos by Enid & Renata




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