11 Facts About The Dubliners


The band were regulars on the folk scenes in both Dublin and London in the early 1960s, and were signed to the Major Minor label in 1965 after backing from Dominic Behan who was paid by Major-Minor to work with the Dubliners and help them to build a better act fit for larger concert hall venues.

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The Dubliners worked with Behan regularly between 1965 and 1966; Behan wrote numerous songs for this act including the song McAlpine's Fusiliers created specifically to showcase Ronnie Drew's gravel voice.

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The Dubliners announced their retirement in the autumn of 2012, after 50 years of performing, following the death of original member Barney McKenna.

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The Dubliners, initially known as "The Ronnie Drew Ballad Group", formed in 1962 and made a name for themselves playing regularly in O'Donoghue's Pub in Dublin.

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The Dubliners returned to The Dubliners five years later, but left the group again in 1995.

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The Dubliners continued to tour with the band until two months before his death.

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The Dubliners introduced them to The Pogues, and their collaboration resulted in a hit with "The Irish Rover".

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The Dubliners became well known, not just in Ireland but as pioneers for Irish folk in Europe and in the United States.

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The Dubliners stayed with the band until 1979 when he left to start a solo career; then Ronnie Drew rejoined the band.

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The Dubliners gained popularity amongst famous musicians such as Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd's drummer Nick Mason, who were all self-proclaimed The Dubliners fans.

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On 8 February 2012, The Dubliners received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

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