FOUR true legends of Irish folk music, Sean Cannon, Patsy Watchorn, Eamonn Campbell and Gerry O’Connor will present their show in Arbroath’s Webster Memorial Theatre on February 8.
Sean and Eamonn were members of The Dubliners for close to 30 years while Patsy joined them over 10 years ago. Meanwhile Gerry was a member of the iconic Four Men And A Dog and has played with everyone from Sharon Shannon to Shane MacGowan and also tours with guitar legend Joe Bonamassa.
In 2012 the legendary Irish folk group The Dubliners celebrated 50 glorious years in the music business by receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and rapidly followed it up with a sell-out UK concert tour, the highlight of which was a magical night at The Royal Albert Hall.
Sadly, however, they subsequently suffered a body blow with the sudden death of founding member ‘Banjo’ Barney McKenna. Quite naturally this tragic occurrence meant that the remaining members chose to sit down and decide upon the band’s future. John Sheahan, after 50 years of travelling, decided it was time to step off the tour bus and take it easy for a while.
Under their own names Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Patsy Watchorn and banjo virtuoso Gerry O’Connor will continue the legacy started by Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Ciaran Bourke, Barney McKenna and John Sheahan back in 1962.
‘The Lads’ are looking forward to entertaining and meeting all their old friends and fans in the UK, Scotland and Europe in 2013 and will continue to play all the classic songs and ballads known the world over, such as ‘Whiskey in The Jar’, ‘Dirty Old Town’, ‘The Wild Rover’, ‘Seven Drunken Nights’, ‘The Rare Auld Times’, ‘Finnegan’s Wake’, ‘Molly Malone’, ‘The Monto’, ‘Hand Me Down Me Bible’, ‘The Irish Rover’, ‘Black Velvet Band’ and many more.