"Seven Drunken Nights-The Story of The Dubliners" Do we really need this?

"Seven Drunken Nights-The Story of The Dubliners" Do we really need this?

I just received my brochure for Edinburgh Playhouse today and noticed this event in the programme.
Tickets start at £13 which is quite a bargain for this venue.

I’ve just been browsing and the show seems to get good reviews…

https://theweereview.com/review/seven-drunken-nights/

While The Dubliners were a very important band with a very interesting history, I’m not sure about the musical value of such a project especially as we still have The Dublin Legends carrying the mantle. Without having listened to much of the music from the show, I’d guess that the "continuing" band would "have the edge" in terms of competence and technical ability.

However does this matter? Arguably the story of the band is what matters and it’s good to remember past members and their contibutions over the years and their special place in the history of Irish music… e.g. Luke, Ciaran, Barney, Ronnie, Jim McCann etc and, of course, John Sheahan who is still with us.

Now I know that The Dubs won’t be too representative of the tastes of many members here but I’d be interested in your thoughts.

Here’s a trailer for the show..

https://youtu.be/C6J1gtw9eHo


and a clip fom The Dublin legends.

https://youtu.be/NYC_h4Hb6QE


Compare and contrast

Re: "Seven Drunken Nights-The Story of The Dubliners" Do we really need this?

From what I’ve seen in different You Tube clips, you might as well be within any Irish theme bar.

I think I’d rather remember the lads as they were especially Ronnie. https://youtu.be/9T7OaDDR7i8

Re: "Seven Drunken Nights-The Story of The Dubliners" Do we really need this?

John Sheehan never hopped around like that playing the fiddle.

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The Dubliners — Do we really need them?

I loved them them and I love them still. Playing five-nighters in the 70s with various ballad bands in New England, the Dubs were a great source of inspiration and material for us. It was all fresh and new to us back then. As Robbie O’Connell said, they were the good old, bad old days.
The Spain Brothers (https://www.spainbrothers.com/) and Rory Makem still sing ballads in the tradition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7WACn_xbes&list=PLuvRcbjBx-dixIQQmVEziNk16kacC11zK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lVHn9QITT0


"The jigs and the reels are doing just fine but the songs can use a little help."

Them as don’t like them can leave them alone.

Re: "Seven Drunken Nights-The Story of The Dubliners" Do we really need this?

I’m not crazy about ‘tribute bands’ anyway, and judging by this trailer they do the Dubs’ memory no favors.
Luke Kelly and Ronnie Drew’s singing was unique and Barney McKenna must have inspired many players to pick up the tenor banjo - he certainly did me!

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You’ll find various strands of capitalisation on the Dubliners legacy in almost very Irish bar throughout the world. O’Donoghue’s itself is a self-appointed "shrine" (with complete authenticity I hasten to add, but the owners ain’t complaining at the constant stream of tourists).

What’s your problem with this one? There’s obviously an audience for the show.

If you don’t like it - don’t go!

Re: "Seven Drunken Nights-The Story of The Dubliners" Do we really need this?

Obviously there is an audience but, judging from the clips, I’m not sure if the "music input" does them any favours.
However, the point of the discussion and "my problem"(If you want to call it that) is whether that really matters or not? i.e Is the actual "story" of their career and influence more important than the musical content of the show?

I’ve seen The Dubliners several times, have quite a few of their albums and have even mixed with them socially (albeit superficially) at festivals and so on. Although they were what I might describe as "party animals" with a bit of a wild streak at times, they were also good musicians who took their work seriously and generally acted in a professional manner when it was required. Yes, they were "characters" but they were much more complex and multi faceted than many might assume.