‘All for Me Grog – The Songs and Stories of The Dubliners’ will bring the most authentic songs of Ireland’s most famous folk band of all time to life at the Civic!  We are really excited for this show and we sat down for a chat with a couple of the members of The Liberties about the upcoming show.

The Liberties replicate the original lineup of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciaron Burke and John Sheehan to an uncanny tee. They will be perform the biggest hits that everyone in the audience will be clapping their hands and stomping their feet to. With his red hair, beard and magnetic charisma, five string banjo maestro James Gallagher’s powerful impressive voice is very reminiscent of Luke Kelly’s golden vocal chords.

With his deep voice and nimble guitar picking, Dublin man Anthony Rooney, takes on the songs of the legendary Ronnie Drew with gusto and a reality that encompasses the wonderful talent of the great balladeer.  On whistles, guitar, vocals and some amusing chat is another Dubliner, Jeremy Jenkinson, bringing to the show the magnificence of the contribution that Ciaran Burke brought to the original Dubliners. In fact, it’s Jeremy’s vocals that are featured on the Liberties recording of ‘All For Me Grog’.

From Lissacasey, in county Clare, comes John Hill, a young man steeped in traditional music. His consummate skill on the tenor banjo just has to be seen and heard to be believed and appreciated. His mastery of Barney McKenna’s style and sound is a show in itself.  Bardan Johnston is the “quiet man” of The Liberties, but his fiddle playing is a talking, singing, electrifying experience. A classically trained musician, he replicates Dubliners violin maestro John Sheehan’s unique sound to perfection.

Read the interview below!

Can you tell us about The Liberties background, how and when did you form?
The musicians in the Liberties were hand-picked by promotor Marty Walsh to perform the All For Me Grog Show, because of their uncanny similarities to the original Dubliners line-up.

Why cover the music of The Dubliners? What makes their songs so special?
All of the members of the Liberties are Dubliners admirers, who greatly appreciate the way the band brought Irish ballads and traditional music to a worldwide audience.

What can the audience expect?
A show as close to the original Dubliners as they are ever likely to see.

Are you looking forward to performing in Tallaght?
Everyone connected with All For Me Grog-the Songs and Story of the Dubliners are looking forward to their first visit to The Civic, Tallaght, especially because of the great love and respect that Dubliners have for their namesake international stars.

All for Me Grog – The Songs and Stories of The Dubliners
Friday, July 6