The Dubliners

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The Dubliners
From left to right: Eamonn Campbell, John Sheahan, Barney McKenna, Séan Cannon and Patsy Watchorn (approx. 2005)
From left to right: Eamonn Campbell, John Sheahan, Barney McKenna, Séan Cannon and Patsy Watchorn (approx. 2005)
General information
Genre (s) Folk , Irish folk
founding 1962
resolution 2012
Website It's The Dubliners
Founding members
Ronnie Drew
(1962-1974; 1979-1995)
Singing, banjo
Luke Kelly (1962-1984)
Vocals, guitar,
tin whistle , harmonica
Ciarán Bourke (1962–1974)
Vocals, tenor banjo,
mandolin , accordion
Barney McKenna (1962-2012)
Last occupation
Fiddle , mandolin,
tin whistle
John Sheahan (1964-2012)
Vocals, guitar
Seán Cannon (1982-2012)
Guitar, mandolin
Eamonn Campbell (1987-2012)
Singing, banjo, bodhran
Patsy Watchorn (2005-2012)

The Dubliners were one of the most famous and influential bands in Irish folk music .


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

Members of the band were:


  • 1962-1964: Drew, Kelly, McKenna, Bourke
  • 1964-1965: Drew, McKenna, Bourke, Lynch, Sheahan
  • 1965–1974: Drew, Kelly, McKenna, Bourke, Sheahan (the "classic" Dubliners cast)
  • 1974-1979: Kelly, McKenna, Sheahan, McCann
  • 1979-1983: Drew, Kelly, McKenna, Sheahan
  • 1983-1988: Drew, McKenna, Sheahan, Cannon
  • 1988-1995: Drew, McKenna, Sheahan, Cannon, Campbell
  • 1996-2005: McKenna, Sheahan, Cannon, Campbell, Reilly
  • 2005–2012: McKenna, Sheahan, Cannon, Campbell, Watchorn
  • 2012: Sheahan, Cannon, Campbell, Watchorn, (O'Connor)

The changes in the line-up had different reasons: Individual members, such as Kelly, Drew, Lynch and McCann, left the band temporarily or permanently to pursue solo projects, while others withdrew from active musical life. Ciarán Bourke suffered a cerebral haemorrhage during a performance in Bournemouth in 1974, which resulted in his death in 1988. Luke Kelly died in 1984 of complications from a brain tumor. Ronnie Drew died of throat cancer on August 16, 2008 in Dublin. The last of the founding members died on April 5, 2012, Barney McKenna ("Banjo Barney"). Due to his death, John Sheahan announced shortly thereafter that the Dubliners would split up after their 50th anniversary tour and give their last concert on December 31, 2012. Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Patsy Watchorn and the banjo player Gerry O'Connor, who accompanied the Dubliners on tour after the death of Barney McKenna, have been performing under the name The Dublin Legends since 2013 , as John Sheahan owns the naming rights " The Dubliners ”owns.

There were short-term substitutions in the cast list, for example due to illnesses of band members during the tours. For example, on the 2010 tour, Patsy Watchorn was replaced by Al O'Donnell during the last few weeks and in 2011 by Chris Kavanagh from the performance in Hanover. This plays the banjo, sings and was u. a. known as the interpreter of Luke Kelly songs, especially because of his similarity.

From around 1967 to 1974 the Dubliners were the most prominent Irish folk group and contributed to the popularity and rise of Irish folk music worldwide, a development that was later continued by groups such as The Fureys , The Chieftains , The Pogues and Clannad .


The Dubliners at Folk in the Castle Courtyard 2010

Studio albums

year Title
music label
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, music label , placements, weeks, awards, notes)
1964 The Dubliners with Luke Kelly
Transatlantic Records
- -
Quasi-live album recorded in front of an audience in the recording studio; Alternative title: The Dubliners , In Session
1967 A Drop of the Hard Stuff
Major Minor Records
- UK5 (41 weeks)
Alternative title: Seven Drunken Nights
More of the Hard Stuff
Major Minor Records
- UK8 (18 weeks)
1968 Drinkin '& Courtin'
Major Minor Records
- UK31 (3 weeks)
Alternative title: I Know My Love
At It Again
Major Minor Records
- -
Alternative title: Seven Deadly Sins
1969 At Home with The Dubliners
- -
1970 Revolution
EMI / Columbia
- -
1972 Double Dubliners
- -
Alternative title: Alive and Well
1973 Plain and Simple
- -
1975 Now
- -
1976 A Parcel of Rogues
- -
1977 15 Years On
- -
1979 Together Again
CHYME / Polydor
- -
1983 Prodigal Sons
- -
1987 25 Years Celebration
- UK43 (10 weeks)
1988 The Dubliner's Dublin
Castle Communications
- -
1992 30 Years A-Graying
Celtic Collections
- -
1996 Further Along
- -
2002 40 Years
Celtic Collections
IE15 (16 weeks)
2008 Whiskey In The Jar
IE99 (1 week)

gray hatching : no chart data available for this year

The Dubliners' songs have appeared in countless different compilations over the years with dozens of different record labels, with the same album being (re) released under different titles as well as different albums under the same title. There are also various “best of” and “greatest hits” compilations as well as live albums on the occasion of their tours.

Among other things appeared:

  • Original Dubliners
Double CD containing the first four LPs released by the Dubliners on EMI in 1967 and 1968
  • The Dubliners - Live in Carré Amsterdam
The concert from autumn 1983 is the last recording with Luke Kelly, who was already ill at the time
  • The Dubliners' Dublin
published in 1988 for the millennium of Dublin, contains only songs from and about Dublin
  • 40 years
Album released for the 40th anniversary of the band. It contains partly new, partly old recordings. Every member who has ever played for the Dubliners can be heard on it. For the new recordings, the Dubliners teamed up with the two ex-members Ronnie Drew and Jim McCann, who were still alive.
  • 40 Years Live from the Gaiety
Double CD recorded at the legendary 40th anniversary concert of the band in Dublin's Gaiety Theater. In addition to the then current line-up, ex-member Jim McCann, who was still alive, and Ronnie Drew, who died in 2008, were on stage.



Web links

Commons : The Dubliners  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

supporting documents

  1. Chart sources: Charts IE Charts UK