The Dubliners

The Dubliners were one of the most celebrated and influential bands of the Irish Folk Music.

  • 2.1 Timeline


The band was founded in 1962 in O'Donoghue 's Pub in Dublin as The Ronnie Drew Folk Group.

Members of the band were:

  • Ronnie Drew (1934-2008), vocals, guitar
  • Luke Kelly (1940-1984), vocals, banjo
  • Barney McKenna (1939-2012), banjo, vocals, accordion, mandolin
  • Ciarán Bourke (1935-1988), vocals, guitar, tin whistle
  • John Sheahan ( born 1939 ), fiddle, tin whistle, mandolin
  • Bobby Lynch (1935-1982), vocals, guitar
  • Jim McCann (1944 ), vocals, guitar
  • Seán Cannon ( born 1940 ), vocals, guitar
  • Eamonn Campbell ( born 1946 ), guitar
  • Paddy Reilly ( b. 1939 ), vocals, guitar
  • Patsy Watchorn ( born 1944 ), vocals, banjo, bodhran


The change in the line had different reasons: Some members, like Kelly, Drew, Lynch and McCann, left the band temporarily or permanently, in order to pursue solo projects, while others withdrew from active musical life. Ciarán Bourke suffered in 1974 during a performance in Bournemouth a cerebral hemorrhage, in consequence of which he died in 1988. Luke Kelly died in 1984 of a brain tumor. Ronnie Drew died on 16 August 2008 in Dublin throat cancer. As the last of the founding members, died April 5, 2012 Barney McKenna ( " Banjo Barney "). Because of his death, John Sheahan announced shortly thereafter that the Dubliners reverse after the end of their 50 -year anniversary tour and will give their last concert on 31 December 2012. Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Patsy Watchorn and the banjo player Gerry O'Connor, who had accompanied the Dubliners after the death of Barney McKenna tour occurred since 2013 under the name The Dublin Legends as John Sheahan the naming rights to " The Dubliners "owns.

Short-term missions in the cast list, there were, for example, due to diseases of the band members while touring. Thus was replaced on the tour in 2010 during the last weeks Patsy Watchorn by Al O'Donnell and 2011 from the gig in Hannover by Chris Kavanagh. This plays banjo, sings and was inter alia known as an interpreter of Luke Kelly songs, especially by its similarity.

In the years from about 1967 to 1974, the Dubliners were the most prominent Irish Folk Group and contributed most to the popularity and to the expansion of Irish folk music, a development which was later continued by groups such as The Fureys, The Chieftains, The Pogues or Clannad.

Discography (excerpt)

The songs of the Dubliners have appeared over the years in countless different combinations with dozens of different record companies, using both the same album under different titles and different albums were released under the same title ( again ). There are also various "Best of" - and "Greatest Hits" compilations and live albums on the occasion of their tours.

Other titles:

  • Original Dubliners
  • The Dubliners - Live in Carré Amsterdam
  • The Dubliners ' Dublin
  • 40 Years
  • 40 Years Live from the Gaiety



The Dubliners 2012 in Vienna

The Dubliners in Eindhoven

Portraits of the band members

Ronnie Drew, 2004 in Lorient

John Sheahan in Eindhoven

Barney McKenna in Eindhoven