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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Dubliners' star to revisit rare auld times at festival

Eamonn Campbell
Eamonn Campbell
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

DUBLINERS' legend Eamonn Campbell is to play "like old times" in memory of Luke Kelly, Ronnie Drew and Barney McKenna at this year's Temple Bar TradFest.

The musician will put on three free gigs for fans in pubs across Dublin city as part of a new addition to the event line-up, with entry on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mr Campbell (67) told the Irish Independent that while it would not be the same as playing alongside his "old friends", performing in an intimate setting like the Dubliners used to do during the group's lengthy career would bring back many happy memories for him.

Up to 1,000 fans will travel from around Europe to attend the festival, which includes a new section to the programme called An Audience with Irish Folk Legends. The festival takes place from January 22 to 24.

"It's like going back home, back to familiarity," Mr Campbell said. The musician will perform with Patsy Watchorn, Sean Cannon and Gerry O'Connor. "We're always playing in memory of the lads, we were tremendous friends with Barney, Luke and Ronnie," he said.

Irish Independent

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