The Dubliners returned from Berlin on October 19th, 1971, after playing to a packed house at the 8,000 seat 'Sportspalast'.
On November 6th, 1972 they celebrated 10 years together with a special concert it the National Stadium in Dublin. On November 11th, 1972, they gave a concert in London and on November 12th, 1972, taped in colour a television special "The Dubliners In Concert" for B.B.C. On November 13th, 1971, they gave a concert in the Savoy, Cork and on November 18th, 1972, they left for a concert tour of Europe which took in Copenhagen, Hamburg, Brunswick, Louvain, Brussels, Oslo and Stockholm.
The beginning of 1973 will see members of The Dubliners "going it alone". Luke Kelly goes into the production of Jesus Christ Superstar" and Ronnie Drew will tape six 1/2 hour shows for Telefis Eireann. They will come together as a group again in mid-February for a short tour of France and in March, again as The Dubliners, they will do on extended tour of Britain.
In April, 1973, Ronnie Drew will do a series of hit own one man shows And Luke Kelly will go into a musical with Sandie Denny and Annie Ross entitled "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris".
In May, 1973. The Dubliners will reunite to join Niall Toibin in a musical revue in the Gaiety Theatre for 6 weeks.
By and large The Dubliners' schedule will change insofar as there will by a greater concentration in Europe and England and most of the appearances at home will be In major concert venues or as individual performers in theatrical productions.
The Dubliners were born in the smokey back room of Paddy O'Donoghues in Merrion Row, Dublin, nearly ten years ago, Ronnie Drew, Ciaron Bourke, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, who had not even been labelled as The Dubliners sang with the boys in the bar and occasionally busked for a pound or two. They gradually started to do radio shows and make the odd television appearance and their popularity started to spread throughout the city. They started to make records and were joined by a fiddle player, John Sheehan, and with their T.V. and radio appearances becoming more frequent, their popularity took on a national dimension and even started to spill over into Britain and the Continent.
It was not until 1967 that their notoriety reached any spectacular level. Their first international hit "Seven Drunken Nights" leaped up the British hit parade. The Dubliners had arrived.
At this time there was a remarkable upsurge in Britain of folk music, and The Dubliners were perched up there on the crest of the wave. The Dubliners are traditionalists, but their music is drawn from the four corners of the world and covers an incredible variety of subjects. Their latest album contains material ranging from the story of American Labour Leader, Joe Hill, to a delicate story of a mentally retarded child. (The album "Revolution" is on Columbia).
The Dubliners twice yearly fill the Royal Albert Hall in London and most of the concert halls from Plymouth to Dundee. They take the occasional trip to Holland and Belgium and in Louvain last year the "booked out" signs were up the day after it was announced that they were coming. They have successfully appeared in the U.S. and in Canada. In 1969 they appeared in Australia and New Zealand, while at home in their own country they are easily the biggest concert and cabaret attraction. They have recorded about a dozen albums. They have appeared on every major television show in Britain, Ireland, Holland, Belgium. Canada, David Frost in America and the Ed Sullivan show, together with countless radio broadcasts.
The Dubliners' television series on Irish Television in 1970 and 1971 were at the top of the Tam ratings for the duration of the series.
The Dubliners have been labelled as "the entertainment sensation of 1968". They have been described as "bawdy", "bold", "impossible to resist", "the greatest act to come out of Ireland for 50 years", but perhaps the most honest and accurate description was Morris Rosebaum's of the London Daily Telegraph -"If ever a group made folk popular in the contemporary sense it is The Dubliners, who who had the widest possible success with the least concessions to commercial pressure".
The Dubliners are international artists whose appeal is the strong appeal of the happy Irishman.