The Dublin Legends have announced details of their tour for the new year, with a date at the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath.
Formerly known as The Dubliners, The Dublin Legends are Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Gerry O’Connor and Paul Watchorn - all true legends of Irish folk music.
They will perform for one night only at the Arbroath venue on Thursday, January 22.
Sean and Eamonn were members of The Dubliners for close to 30 years while Gerry joined them for the final part of their 50th anniversary tour.
He was a member of the iconic Four Men and A Dog, has played with everyone from Sharon Shannon to Shane MacGowan and also tours with guitar legend Joe Bonamassa.
Paul Watchorn, one of the best five string banjo players in Ireland, toured the world as a member of Derek Warfield’s Sons Of Erin for many years.
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 in London.
Sadly, however, they subsequently suffered a body blow with the sudden tragic death of founding member ‘Banjo’ Barney McKenna.
Quite naturally this meant that the remaining members chose to sit down and decide upon the band’s future.
John Sheahan, after 48 years of touring, decided it was time to step off the tour bus and it was agreed that The Dubliners, as a touring band, would come to an end. The Dublin Legends were born.
The Dublin Legends will continue the legacy started by Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Ciaran Bourke, Barney McKenna and John Sheahan back in 1962.
As Barney himself said: “It’s too late to stop now”.
‘The lads’ are looking forward to entertaining and meeting all their old friends and fans in the UK and Europe in 2015 and will continue to play all the classic songs and ballads known the world over; ‘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.
Ticket details for the Arbroath date are available from the box office on 01241 435800.