THE DUBLINERS 3 CD BUNDLE
3 CD bundle from The Dubliners, 30 tracks from Ireland’s No 1 Folk Group including fan Favorites, “Whiskey In The Jar”, “Finnegans Wake”, “The Black Velvet Band”, “Biddy Mulligan”, “Dirty Old Town” and many more.
Tracks: CD 1. 1. Finnegan's Wake 2. Free The People 3. Donegal Danny 4. Rathcliffe Highway 5. Three Sea Captains 6. Whiskey In The Jar 7. Sam Hall 8. Fiddler's Green 9. Gentleman Soldier 10. The Night Visiting Song
CD 2. 1. The Louse House / At Kilkenny 2. The Molly Maguires 3. Johnny McGory 4. Wheels of the World 5. The Old Triangle 6. Spancil Hill 7. The Black Velvet Band 8. Peat Bog Soldiers 9. Farewell To Ireland 10. Lord of the Dance
CD 3. 1. Biddy Mulligan 2. Dirty Old Town 3. The Wild Rover 4. The Lifeboat Mona 5. Barney's Banjo Selection 6. Salford Town 7. The Band Played Waltzing Matilda 8. Weile Weile Waile 9. McAlpines Fusiliers 10. The Mero
The Dubliners, now one of the most legendary bands in the world, started off in O'Donoghue's pub in Dublin in 1962 under the name of "the Ronnie Drew Folk Group". Then they were four, Ronnie Drew (vocals and guitar), Luke Kelly (vocals and 5-string banjo), Barney McKenna (tenor banjo, mandolin, melodeon and vocals) and Ciarán Bourke (vocals, guitar, tin whistle and harmonica). In 1963, they played at the Edinburgh festival where they met the head of Transatlantic Records, Nathan Joseph, for whom they started recording. In 1964, Luke Kelly left, and Bobby Lynch (vocals and guitar) and John Sheahan (fiddle, tin whistle, mandolin, concertina, guitar and vocals) were added. When Luke Kelly returned and Bobby Lynch left in 1965, we have what is considered as the original Dubliners, five individualists, five men whose talents were mixed together in a superb blend and just wanted to play and have the craic.
In 1967, their major breakthrough came as a result of a coincidence. Their song, "Seven Drunken Nights" which was recorded in one take, was snapped up by a pirate radio station which started playing it along with the Beatles, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, Kinks and Jimi Hendrix. Suddenly, The Dubliners was a major band, playing all over the world, getting into the charts, and receiving gold discs. Not what you expected from a bunch of hairy people who "looked like they'd just been dragged out of a seedy bar via a hedge(backwards) and dropped on London from a very great height".(Colin Irwin in the reissue of "Live at the Albert Hall")
The seventies started like the sixties ended; wild touring, drinking, playing. They started doing regular tours, and they were still recording, of course. Then, in 1974, Ciarán Bourke collapsed on stage with a brain hemorrhage, which eventually led to his death. He first, though, recovered remarkably, and was back on stage with The Dubliners, but collapsed again. At the same time, Ronnie decided to take a break, and Jim McCann took his and Ciaráns place in the group.
In 1979, Ronnie decided to make a comeback as a member of the group, although he probably never really left. With Ronnie returning, Jim left, and The Dubliners were almost back where they started. Then Luke Kelly became ill, he collapsed on stage with a brain tumor, for which he received surgery several times. He too, made remarkable recoveries, and went on touring with the Dubliners, at the same time continuing his wild and unhealthy lifestyle. Seán Cannon, a longtime friend, stepped in for Luke, when he couldn't be on stage. Sean’s appearance wasn't that well received by the audiences at the beginning, but he has later turned out to be an important addition to The Dubliners, and their repertoire. In 1984, Luke Kelly died, but The Dubliners, now with Seán Cannon as a member, decided to keep going.
1987 turned out to be one of the best - and busiest - years for the Dubliners. Their longtime friend, and guest musician, Eamonn Campbell, brought the group together with The Pogues on the hit single the “Irish Rover”. This single took The Dubliners back to the charts, and also gave them a completely new audience; people who weren't even born when The Dubliners started off. And with Dublin celebrating its millennium in 1988, The Dubliners also received more attention than for years. Eamonn Campbell joined them on regular basis. In 1988 Ciarán Bourke died, after years of pain and difficulties. He always was, and still is very much remembered by The Dubliners, just like Luke Kelly is.
The eighties finished off with rumors that The Dubliners were to retire, however, they didn't, and celebrated their 30th anniversary in 1992, with a double cd and extensive tour. The nineties brought a tour video from the German tour 1995, and the "shock" news that Ronnie Drew was leaving. He left in December 1995, after releasing a superb album, "Dirty Rotten Shame" a few months earlier.
Now, even the most optimistic Dubliners fans thought it was the end, but the remainders decided to convince Paddy Reilly to join them, and they continued their busy touring and recording schedule.
In 2002, they temporarily reunited with Ronnie Drew and Jim McCann, for their 40th anniversary tour. They made a string of appearances on Irish television throughout this time, including a memorable appearance with Phil Coulter and George Murphy on RTÉ 1.
After the tour, Jim McCann was diagnosed with throat cancer and, though he fully recovered, his voice was severely damaged, and he has not been able to sing since his illness. Despite this, he regularly acts as MC'd at folk gigs, notably at The Dubliners reunion shows, and at the 2006 'Legends of Irish Folk' shows (where he also played guitar in the finale).
Despite the changes in the band's lineup, they continued to perform and record their gutsy style of Irish music. The band celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012 with an extensive year-long European tour and the release of a live DVD recorded live at Dublin's Vicar Street featuring Chris Kavanagh from the Band "The Legend of Luke Kelly" as a special guest. The tour continued in the wake of the death of the final founding member Barney McKenna, although the band announced that the final shows of the tour, to be held 28–30 December also at Vicar Street would be the band's final shows in which the band were joined by former band member Jim McCann.