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25-12-12@21.15 Geantraí Na Nollag(The Dubliners and Imelda May)

Geantraí na Nollag

The Dubliners have decided to bring the curtain down on their touring career at the end of this their 50th year.

 

Fittingly The Abbey Tavern in Howth is the venue for their final Irish television appearance of the year for the Christmas Day Geantraí na Nollag programme on TG4. It is a nostalgic celebration of The Dubliners fifty years in music remembering especially their great banjo player and raconteur Barney McKenna, a much loved native of Howth who sadly passed away recently. The Abbey Tavern was the great folk venue of the early sixties where Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly and Barney McKenna of The Dubliners began their musical careers.

 

According to John Sheahan the longest surviving member of The Dubliners ‘50 years on the road is a significant landmark in the band’s career. There are times in life when things reach a natural finishing point. Barney and I had spoken about this, and it was his feeling that we should take a break from touring at the end of this year.’

 

The Dubliners line up in the programme are John Sheahan, Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Patsy Watchorn and Gerry O’Connor who will be doing many of their favourite numbers including ‘Peigín Leitír Mór’, ‘The Ferryman’ and ‘The Rare Ould Times’.

 

Contrasting The Dubliners singing styles are the voices of Karan Casey, Muireann NicAmhlaoibh and Imelda May who does her own special musical tribute to Barney McKenna by singing his favourite song ‘I wish I had someone to love me’ with The Dubliners.

 

In the programme there is a very moving tribute to Barney from fiddler/poet John Sheahan with his poem ‘Banjo Barney’.

 

The programme also features many musical guests including The Alan Kelly Gang, Tony MacMahon, Steve Cooney, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Kieran Hanrahan, Niall Vallely and Caoimhín Ó Fearghail, the TG4 Young Musician of the Year. The hour long programme is presented by singer Muireann Nic Ambhlaoibh.

TG4 Christmas Day 21.15

 

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Taken on November 30, 2012