Ronnie Drew RIP

Ronnie Drew, founder of The Dubliners (once known as the Ronnie Drew Group), died today after a struggle with cancer. Ronnie has left a huge legacy. He inspired musicians from many different quarters and had the love and respect of U2, Sinead O'Connor, The Corrs, The Pogues, Christy Moore and many more. My Dad would listen to him - especially the old rebel songs - on a Saturday night in the Irish pubs in Manchester, as well as listening to him on the Irish radio stations on a Sunday morning. Ronnie's music evokes so much - not least because the music is a poignant reminder of the loss of my Dad - but also of the oral history I grew up with. And of course he wasn't just a singer and musician, he was also a poet, and much of his music referred to Celtic myth and legend. I loved The Dubliner's Whiskey in the Jar as well as Phil Lynott's Thin Lizzy version. There's also The Dubliner's and The Pogues version here. He will be missed. Much of his music and some of his old recorded poetry can be found on YouTube. Tributes are already being posted.

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