It seems the Dubliners are no more. 'The Spirit of the Dubliners' featuring Sean Cannon, Patsy Watchorn, Eamon Campbell and Gerry O'Connor are touring the UK in March next year. Still, after 48 years i guess John deserves a rest!
Official note from John Sheahan Dear friends, We are celebrating 50 years on the road this year. However, our celebrations have been tinged with great sadness with the recent death of our dear friend and colleague, Barney Mc Kenna.
Barney was a founding member of the group, sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. A virtuoso banjo player, a great story teller, he took great pleasure in distorting and twisting the English language with his ›Barneyisms‹. There was never a dull moment when you were with Barney.
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.
It is with a great sense of nostalgia that I have to tell you that this will be the last Dubliners concert tour of Germany.
I will cherish fond memories of our times in Germany. I will miss the camaraderie, the parties and the late nights shared with so many wonderful people. I would like to thank our promoter Karsten Jahnke and all our loyal fans who have supported us over our long career.