THE DUBLINERS – 50 Years (Irish Music Licensing IMEXCD0150)

THE DUBLINERS 50 YearsThroughout my learning curve on the ‘folk’ scene one of the constants has been Irish band The Dubliners. Now into their 50th year and no name change…take note Mr Gavin…this superb collection is personally better even than The Ultimate Dubliners CD released in 2003 and is proof positive that longevity can indeed be obtained if the will is there. Of course you can’t mention their name without smiling at the very thought of favourite songs and tunes including Continue reading THE DUBLINERS – 50 Years (Irish Music Licensing IMEXCD0150)


JIMMY LEEIf you are into a good chorus then I suggest you check out the latest release from Jimmy Lee and his band of musicians. I can imagine the gentle banter, chinking of glasses and smiles all round as everyone in ‘the session’ gets stuck in. On the opening track to me he’s hit the nail on the head with a rousing ballad based on his exploits sailing on board “The Granuaile”. It’s a lusty sing-a-long reminiscent of The Dubliners at their best and in fact pays homage to the late, great Luke Kelly the ‘banjo man’ in the song. The Spinners, The Yetties, The Fureys and yes, The Dubliners all come to mind when listening to this recording and if you don’t mind a bit of nostalgia (and I don’t mind at all) it will release that yearning when ‘folk’ music wasn’t a dirty word. Unfortunately not every track is like this and there’s a tad too much melancholia for me personally but the lyrics make interesting reading whilst you’re listening to them being sung. Take for instance “No Flowers For Geordie” which has put a whole new perspective on my performing annually at The Ganges Reunion for many years. If you come from the Hampshire/West Sussex borders several of the band members will be well known with some nice contributions from Gary Holder (double bass and tuba) and Jon Wigg’s excellent fiddle and banjo but for me personally I’d have introduced some numbers with a bit of ‘get-up-and-go’.


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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 Winners Announced

Lifetime Achievement Awards for Don McLean and The Dubliners

Four Awards for June Tabor & Oysterband

Good Tradition Awards for Ian Campbell and Bill Leader

Broadcast from The Lowry in Salford for the first time Continue reading BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 Winners Announced

Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 give Lifetime Achievement Awards to…

Folk legends Don McLean and The Dubliners will both be given Lifetime Achievement Awards at BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards 2012, to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday 8th February.

Presenter Mike Harding announced the recipients of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards on the Radio 2 Folk Show on Wednesday 18 January (7-8pm).

Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2 and 6 Music said: Continue reading Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 give Lifetime Achievement Awards to…