RIP Barney Mckenna 0f The Dubliners

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  • 05 Apr 2012 at 11:20 pm #688

    cantona
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    http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0405/barney-mckenna-dubliners.html

    Sad to hear news of the death of Barney McKenna, banjo-player and raconteur extraordinaire (well on stage it was usually Ronnie Drew telling stories about Barney McKenna) of The Dubliners. As a son of Irish immigrants, who was born and brought up in England, the Dubliners were a catalyst for me to rediscover the delights of Irish music – The Clancy Brothers, The Fureys, Christy Moore, The Horslips, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, The Pogues, and so on – without feeling the need to attach nationalistic sentiment to the enjoyment. Funny, sardonic and iconoclastic, singers of outrageous love and scandalous behavior, The Dubliners were punks before the genre was invented. I remember spotting them once in a London pub, an hour before a gig; huddled together, supping their pints quietly, occasionally looking up to acknowledge well-wishers with warm smiles. ‘Now that’s star-quality’, I remember thinking.


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    06 Apr 2012 at 2:23 am #689

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    Saw him a few weeks ago on TV when The Dubliners picked up a lifetime achievement award at the Radio 2 Folk Awards and he looked very frail indeed. The Dubliners were a wonderful group, irreverent and anti-establishment. I’ve always loved Barney’s banjo playing.


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    06 Apr 2012 at 8:34 am #690

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    That is too bad. Dubliners were almost like the ‘Anti-Clancy Bros’. Just seems like yesterday that Ronnie passed. Even though they were an entity unto themselves, their collaborations, as you mentioned, were terrific, and especially as a Pogues fanatic, their hook-up with them produced some classic music. I feel cheated that I never saw them live as a group. The closest I came was in 2001 in Dublin at the ‘Point’ when the Pogues had re-united for the first time in 10 years (after they’d give Shane the heave-ho in ’91) and Ronnie got up on stage with them at the end to sing ‘Irish Rover’. Ronnie & Barney were the best but nobody sang as sweet as Luke Kelly, his rendering of ‘Raglan Road’ rips my heart out.


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    06 Apr 2012 at 8:43 am #691

    Marc
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    A friend posted this link to a series called The Green Linnet that he made for RTE. Some really nice footage.

    The Green Linnet


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    10 Apr 2012 at 7:06 am #778

    Marc
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    Nice obit/write up for Barney in the Independent

    Tribute to Barney


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    11 Apr 2012 at 2:59 am #797

    cantona
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    Marc,

    Thanks for that link.


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