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The Dubliners

"The Dubliners" are an Irish folk band founded in 1962, making them one of the older bands still playing music today.

The Dubliners formed in 1962. They made a name for themselves playing regularly in O'Donoghue's pub in Dublin.

The founding members were Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Ciaran Bourke and Barney McKenna.

*Drew spent some time in Spain in his younger years where he learned to play Flamenco guitar, and he accompanied his songs on a Spanish guitar.

*Luke Kelly was more of a balladeer than Drew, and he played chords on the five-string banjo. In 1980, Luke Kelly was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Though first the chemotherapy seemed to work, after a while things started getting worse again. Knowing his time would not be long, the band took on a replacement in 1982, Sean Cannon. Sometimes Kelly was too ill to sing, sometimes he joined the band for a few songs, and sometimes he collapsed on stage, but he didn't stop touring with the band until 2 months before his death. One of the last concerts he took part in was recorded and released: 'Live in Carré' (Amsterdam, Holland), released in 1983. John Sheahan introduces him when he comes on, and explains that h...

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