Thursday, April 5, 2012

R.I.P., Barney McKenna (with "Rocky Road to Dublin")



Lovers of Irish music will be saddened by the unexpected passing this morning, at his home in Howth, County Dublin, of Barney McKenna, the inimitable banjo and mandolin player of the Irish folk band, the Dubliners.  McKenna had been the only original band member remaining since their forming fifty years ago in 1962.

In honor of his memory, here is a classic live performance of the song the Dubliners are perhaps most known for, the 19th century Irish jig, "Rocky Road to Dublin" (that's McKenna playing the banjo; singing lead is the late Luke Kelly) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfngKaaDVro&feature=related):


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