Ronnie Drew

Ronnie Drew ( born September 16, 1934 in Dun Laoghaire, Irish Free State, † August 16, 2008 in Dublin) was a founding member of the Irish folk group The Dubliners. He went there as a guitarist and singer in appearance. His voice has been described as " charcoal that is crushed under a door (charcoal being crushed under a door ) ."

Life and career

Prior to the founding of the Dubliners Drew worked as a teacher in Spain. In 1962, he was the founder of the Dubliners, which he left in 1974 to pursue a solo career. After his return in 1979, the singer remained in the band until 1995, before he finally left the Dubliners to occur again as a solo artist, but resigned at the 40th anniversary once more with the Dubliners. Published in 1996, Drew Album Dirty Rotten Shame on which the song Drinkin ' is included in the day. On the album he is supported by U2 singer Bono.

At Drew's honor attended by numerous Irish artists including Shane MacGowan, members of the Dubliners, U2, Sinéad O'Connor and Christy Moore beginning of 2008 the song Ballad of Ronnie Drew on. One of his last works was the collaboration with the Dropkick Murphys with the song Flannigan 's Ball on their album The Meanest of Times.

On August 16, 2008 Ronnie Drew died on Dublin's St. Vincent's Private Hospital from cancer.

Ronnie Drew left behind 2 children and 5 grandchildren. His son Phelim Drew is a film actor.

Discography ( as a solo artist )

  • Ronnie Drew (1976 )
  • Guaranteed (1978 )
  • Dirty Rotten Shame ( 1996)
  • The Humour is on me now (1999)
  • A couple more Years - Ronnie Drew & Eleanor Shanley (2000)
  • AN EVENING WITH RONNIE DREW - Ronnie Drew & Mike Hanrahan (RDMH001, DINKY RECORDS, 2004)
  • There's Life in the Old Dog (2006)
  • Pearls - Ronnie Drew & Grand Canal (2008)
  • The Last Session - A Fond Farewell ( 2008)