Thursday 5 April 2012


I would just like to pay my tribute to the late, great Barney McKenna, who died today aged 72 when he collapsed at his home in Dublin.

He was a founder member of the massively influential Irish folk band The Dubliners and along with Ronnie Drew, Ciaran Bourke and Luke Kelly formed the band in the Fair City in 1962.
Only last month I saw Barney in action at the Town Hall, Birmingham where, ironically, he seemed to be fitter than when they were playing there last year.
Barney will be greatly missed by the world of folk and traditional Irish music and of course with the band well into their 50th anniversary tour it will throw a question mark over carrying on.
To paraphrase one of his signature tunes Barney had plenty who loved him.

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