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World Music CD Reviews Celtic & Irish


By Robert Kaye
Published September 9, 2005

The Dubliners In Concert
Castle Music

During the 1960s, the Dubliners were a top-bill traditional Irish ensemble that included an all-acoustic lineup: guitar, flageolet, harmonica, banjo and mandolin. This disc features the group in concert, where they excelled both as musicians and entertainers, engaging the crowd with their homilies, sometimes "colorful" anecdotes and other tales. The quintet was unequivocally well-seasoned and joyously excelled in performing original and traditional Irish jigs, hornpipes and ballads. Along with the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, the group spearheaded the Irish "protest movement." 40 years on, however, this recording accurately depicts the Dubliners' appeal and verve with which they spun reel good tunes.