More of the Hard Stuff
More of the Hard Stuff is a studio album by The Dubliners released in 1967. The line-up consists of Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciarán Bourke and John Sheahan. True to its title, five of the songs concern hard drinking. One of the songs was written by another by his brother Dominic; the album reached number 8 in the UK album charts in 1967, stayed in the charts for 23 weeks. "Muirsheen Durkin" "Poor Old Dicey Reilly" "A Nation Once Again" "Whiskey in the Jar" "The Old Triangle" "A Pub with No Beer" "Kelly, the Boy from Killan" "The Croppy Boy" "Sullivan's John" "Come and Join the British Army" " Shoals of Herring" "Mormond Braes" "Drink It Up Men" "Maloney Wants a Drink" With spoken introduction
Finnegan Wakes is a live album by The Dubliners. Recorded at the Gate Theatre on 26 and 27 April 1966 and produced by Nathan Joseph, this was The Dubliners' final recording for Transatlantic Records, but it was their first to feature their first established line-up of Ronnie Drew, Barney McKenna, Luke Kelly, Ciarán Bourke and John Sheahan. The album featured "Nelson's Farewell", a satirical song about the bombing and destruction of Nelson's Pillar in O'Connell Street, Dublin on 8 March 1966. Side One: "Finnegan's Wake" "Hornpipes: The Sunshine Hornpipe & The Mountain Road" "Monto" "The Dublin Fusiliers" "Hornpipe: Chief O'Neill's Favourite" "The Sea Around Us" Side Two: "McAlpine's Fusiliers" "Hot Asphalt" "The Glendalough Saint" "Reel: Within a Mile from Dublin" "Will You Come to the Bower" "Nelson's Farewell"
Prodigal Sons is a studio album by the Irish folk group The Dubliners. Produced by Bill Whelan, who became famous for Riverdance, this album featured cellist Nigel Warren-Green as guest musician. Although Luke Kelly recorded his famous versions of "Raglan Road" and "Song for Ireland" during these sessions, neither track featured on this album, although Seán Cannon's version of "Song for Ireland" did; the two Kelly recordings would first appear on Luke's Legacy after his death. The album took its name from John Sheahan's composition, "The Prodigal Son"; the album featured both traditional songs as well as instrumental pieces. Side One: "Building Up and Tearing England Down" "Jigs - My Darling Asleep/Paddy in London/An Tathair Jack Walsh" "The Newry Highwayman" "When Margaret Was Eleven" "Prodigal Son" Side Two: "The Waterford Boys" "Reels - The Humours of Scariff/The Flannel Jacket" "Now I'm Easy" "The Hen's March to the Midden" "Song for Ireland" "Second World Song" All tracks Trad. Arr; the Dubliners unless otherwise stated Ronnie Drew - guitar, vocals Barney McKenna - banjo, vocals John Sheahan - fiddle, tin whistle, vocals Seán Cannon - guitar, vocals Eamonn Campbell - guitar Des Moore - guitar Nigel Warren-Green - cello Bill Whelan - keyboards, producer Philip Begley - engineer Fergus Bourke - photographer Dara O Lochlainn - sleeve design
Ciarán Bourke was an Irish musician and one of the original founding members of the Irish folk band The Dubliners. Ciarán Bourke was born in Dublin on 18 February 1935, but lived most of his life in Tibradden, County Dublin, his father, a doctor, was in practice in the city. The children had an Irish-speaking nanny. Ciarán's early exposure to Gaelic continued throughout his education, attending Colaiste Mhuire, Parnell Square, Dublin, he attended University College Dublin for a course in Agricultural Science. He always retained an interest in farming. After leaving university he met two of his future bandmates in The Dubliners, Ronnie Drew and Barney McKenna, who invited Ciarán to join their sessions in O'Donoghue's Pub where he played tin whistle, mouth organ and guitar, as well as singing. Luke Kelly, singing around the clubs in England, returned to Dublin and joined them. Taking the name The Dubliners, the group put together the first folk concert of its kind in Dublin; the concert was a success a theatrical production called “A Ballad Tour of Ireland” was put on at the Gate Theatre shortly afterwards.
In 1964 fiddle player John Sheahan joined the band, this became known as the original Dubliners line-up. Ciarán was responsible for bringing a Gaelic element to The Dubliners' music with songs such as "Peggy Lettermore" and "Sé Fáth Mo Bhuartha" being performed in the Irish language, he sang a number of the group's more lighthearted and humorous numbers such as "Jar of Porter", "The Dublin Fusiliers", "The Limerick Rake", "Mrs. McGrath", "Darby O'Leary", "All For Me Grog" and "The Ballad of Ronnie's Mare", as well as patriotic songs such as "Roddy McCorley", "The Enniskillen Dragoons", "Take It Down From The Mast" and "Henry Joy". On 5 April 1974 The Dubliners travelled to Eastbourne. Luke was worried by the way Ciarán kept moving his head about, as if trying to alleviate increasing pain. Four minutes into the second half, it was decided. Luke insisted that a doctor should be phoned and instructed to await their return to the Irish Club at Eaton Square; the roadie for the trip, John Corry, thought that it was better to drive straight to St. George's Hospital at Hyde Park Corner, where the doctors diagnosed a brain aneurysm.
Ciarán was transferred to the Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, while doctors waited for his wife to return from a trip to Ghana, to get her signature before operating. She was told. Ciarán was operated on at the earliest opportunity; the bleeding began again while he was on the table which meant that they could not repair the damage, just staunch the bleeding. This left him confused as to where he was and what had happened. Ciarán received intensive therapy, attending a clinic in County Dublin, he was heartened by his progress and insisted on rejoining the Dubliners on their next tour of the Continent in November that year. Ciarán's continued insistence that he was fit enough to join them on the forthcoming German tour caused them considerable disquiet, they preferred he ease himself back to work, with a few small shows in Ireland. The tour began to take its toll on Ciarán, it was decided that for the sake of his health he should return home, he flew from Brussels to Dublin. Ciarán made his last public appearance on Ireland's RTÉ One during The Late Late Show's tribute to The Dubliners in 1987.
Despite his lingering paralysis he recited "The Lament for Brendan Behan" after which everyone in the studio, led by Ronnie Drew, sang "The Auld Triangle". Ciarán Bourke died on 10 May 1988 after a long illness. From 1974 until his death he had continued to be paid by the band. A fifth member of the group was not recruited until after his death. Ciarán married Jeannie Bonham on 5 April 1964. Together they had six daughters: Ciara, Siobhra, Rathfionna and Seodhna, they had nine grandchildren, whom Ciarán never had a chance to meet: Benn, Jack, Aoibh, Cairo, Ríona and Daire
40 Years is an album by The Dubliners, released in 2002. To celebrate 40 years together, the band undertook a European tour. Ronnie Drew and Jim McCann rejoined the group on the tour. Twelve new tracks were recorded by the seven surviving members, both present and past, old recordings by Luke Kelly, Ciarán Bourke and Bob Lynch featured on the album. Ronnie Drew – vocals, guitar Barney McKenna – Irish tenor banjo, melodeon, vocals John Sheahan – fiddle, tin whistle, concertina Jim McCann -vocals, guitar Sean Cannon – vocals, guitar Eamonn Campbell – guitar, mandolin Paddy Reilly – vocals, guitar Produced and Directed by David Donaghy
In Concert (The Dubliners album)
In Concert is a live album by The Dubliners, released in 1965. By the time The Dubliners had recorded their second album live at the Cecil Sharp House in December 1964, they had become a quintet. Luke Kelly had temporarily left the group and Bobby Lynch and John Sheahan had joined; this was to be Lynch's only recording with The Dubliners. Sheahan has been with the group since and in latter years has become their manager. Roddy McCorley - 3:47 The Twang Man - 2:12 Reels: The Sligo Maid & Colonel Rodney - 2:13 The Woman from Wexford - 2:42 The Patriot Game - 4:23 Roisin Dubh - 4:06 Air fa la la lo - 3:44 Peggy Lettermore - 1:49 Easy and Slow - 2:59 Reel: My Love is in America - 2:07 The Kerry Recruit - 4:16 The Old Orange Flute - 2:58 Reels: The Donegal Reel & The Longford Collector" - 2:10 Leaving of Liverpool - 4:58 Barney McKenna - tenor banjo, vocals John Sheahan - fiddle, tin whistle Ciarán Bourke - tin whistle, harmonica, vocals Bobby Lynch - guitar, vocals Ronnie Drew - guitar, vocals
At It Again
At It Again is a studio album by The Dubliners and was released on the Major Minor label in 1968. It featured "The Irish Navy", a satirical song with lyrics co-written by Ronnie Drew and Luke Kelly and set to music by John Sheahan. Barney McKenna and Ciarán Bourke feature on the album, it was re-released under the title Seven Deadly Sins. The order of the tracks varies in different re-releases. "Seven Deadly Sins" "Net Hauling Song" "Nancy Whiskey" "Many Young Men of Twenty" "Instrumental medley: Paddy's Gone to France, Skylark" "Molly Bawn" "The Dundee Weaver" "The Irish Navy" "Tibby Dunbar" "The Inniskillen Dragoons" "Instrumental medley: The Piper's Chair, Bill Hart's Jig, The Night of St. Patrick" "I Wish I Were Back in Liverpool" "'Darby O'Leary" "Go to Sea No More"