It was early in 1967 when a disc jockey on the pirate station, Radio Caroline took a fancy to an Irish song by a traditional group from Dublin. By March 'Seven Nights Drunk' was in the charts and the Dubliners had become a household name. They appeared on Top Of The Pops and took the stage at The New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley alongside such established artists as Cliff Richard, The Small Faces and Cat Stevens. These five Irishmen had managed to cut a path straight through the sixties pop world of glamour and hype with a music which was strong enough to do without any showbiz frills to make itself felt. The Dubliners had no need for a fabricated image and manufactured music, they simply had their own personalities and superb musicianship and to prove the point later in the same year, another of their songs, 'Black Velvet Band' spent almost four months in the charts.
Before their success in the world of pop they had already begun to establish a reputation, not only in Ireland but also amongst followers of folk music in Britain and in 1964 they were to be found in London playing major folk venues.
Legend has it that they first came together as a band in O'Donohues bar in Dublin back in 1962 which then became a major folk venue in the city and today is still something of a shrine to the band with pictures and memorabilia adorning the walls. The original members were Ronnie Drew, Barney McKenna, John Sheehan, Luke Kelly and Kieran Burke and it is this line up which is featured on this collection of their songs taken from their albums released during the late sixties. Sadly, following illnesses which prevented them from playing with the band both Luke and Kieran have since died, but with their places now being taken by Sean Cannon and Eamon Campbell the Dubliners continue to draw enormous audiences in all of the world's major venues. Their repertoire now, as then, draws upon the best contemporary and traditional sources proving again that in a world of fast changing fashion that it is good music delivered in an honest way which will still be around long after the pop world which briefly embraced them has fizzled away.