When they first started performing together they were known as Ronnie Drew Ballad Group.
Drew was never really happy with the name though as he felt it much too much emphasis on him at the expense of the others. The problem of finding a more acceptable name was solved when Luke Kelly started reading the novel, The Dubliners, by James Joyce.
As they were all Dublin musicians, the new name suited them perfectly.
Taking the folk music world by storm
The Dubliners quickly established themselves in Ireland and soon went on to become major stars across the world.
Music writer Eric Winter describes how they took the English folk music world by storm after appearing on the BBC television show Hootenanny. In his introduction to the Dubliners Songbook, Winter wrote: “Some liked them for their rough diamond quality. Some liked them for their irreverence. They didn’t mind knocking anything that was going, including many of the most cherished ideas about themselves held by the Irish.”
Top of the folk world for half a century
The Dubliners were to remain at the top of the world of Irish folk music for more than 50 years.
They have released more than 30 albums and made regular tours of Ireland, the UK, Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Now, after nearly 50 years at the top they are still going strong and reaching to new audiences all across the world.