The Dubliners: 1962-2012
"Together as the Dubliners, they are enough to warm the heart of any Irishman and to frighten the British immigration authorities. They are Dublin's darlings; impossible for an audience to resist and impossible to record. We recorded them."
Nathan Joseph — 1964
Formed in 1962 in O'Donoghue's Pub, Dublin, The Dubliners were arguably the most popular Irish Folk Band in the world. The founding members were Ronnie Drew, Barney McKenna, Luke Kelly and Ciarán Bourke, with John Sheahan joining the group in 1964. In 2012, while celebrating the band's 50th anniversary, Barney McKenna, the last surviving founding member, passed away on April 5th, at the age of 72. Towards the end of that year John Sheahan announced his retirement — officially ending the era of The Dubliners.
My thanks to everyone who has contributed information. I have done my best credit these contributions, and I really hope I didn't missing anyone.
The bulk of the information on this site comes items in my collection, including recordings, sleeve notes, concert programs, newspaper clippings and books. In addition, I have done my best to credit (and link to — when possible) sources and contributions. Including, but not limited to, Jim McLean, John Lynch (Irish Folk Music authority), Peter Schittler, John Flynn, Dr. Gerhard Braas and Per Jappée. With special thanks to Jim McCann and Patsy Watchorn. If there is any copyrighted material (that should not be here), please inform me and I shall promptly remove it. I welcome all comments and suggestions, as well as corrections and further biographical information. Contact me "oxbownick1" AT "theballadeers.com". ItsTheDubliners.com, TheBalladeers.com and Nick Guida does not claim copyright to any photograph on this site, unless otherwise noted. Please do not to copy anything off of my site without first asking me, and/or crediting this site.
This site is dedicated to Ronnie Drew.