IT’S hard to imagine a more perfect St Patrick’s Night celebration than getting to see the Dubliners in concert.
And for the second year running that’s just what will be happening when the Irish folk legends take to the stage at Birmingham Town Hall.
Singer and guitarist Eamon Campbell could actually be labelled a relative newcomer.
He joined the band in 1987 but his links with them go back to 1967.
When he joined the band they were celebrating their 25th anniversary and devising ways to mark the occasion.
One was to make a double album with artists who had been inspired by the Dubliners and it was Eamon’s idea to team up with the Pogues to perform a rendition of The Irish Rover that has gone down as a folk music classic.
But Eamon admits it nearly didn’t happen.
“The one act I wanted to get was the Pogues - who in their own way were like an extension of the Dubliners,” he said.
“There was a bit of reluctance. Ronnie Drew said ‘the Pogues - bejaysus?’ but I said to go away and think about it.
“In the end ot was a bit of magic.”
Eamon revealed the whole thing ended up being recorded in a small studio in London’s East End for the princely sum of £400, adding, “When you think about what we got out of it, it was phenomenal.”
* The Dubliners play Birmingham Town Hall on Thursday March 17. Returns only, and Malvern Theatre on March 22. Tickets cost £20 and £18.50.