'A master in your field, a gentleman in life' - Tributes paid to Dubliners legend Eamonn Campbell
Musician Eamonn Campbell has passed away.
The former Dubliners member (70) was touring with The Dublin Legends in Holland and Belgium when he fell ill late last week.
His family released a statement confirming that Eamoon died on Wednesday night after a short illness, surrounded by his wife and family.
The statement continues, "Eamonn started his career over 50 years ago in his hometown of Drogheda, Co Louth. He first came to prominence as a guitarist with Dermot O’Brien and His Clubmen in the 60’s.
"He became the go-to session guitar player in Ireland and played on countless recording sessions for practically every act in Ireland. In the studio he honed his production skills and he was behind some of the biggest hit records ever in Ireland.
"Among others he played on and produced 'The Fields of Athenry' by Paddy Reilly, 'A Bunch of Thyme' by Foster and Allen and 'The Irish Rover' by The Dubliners & The Pogues. It was this last record that led him being asked to join The Dubliners as their guitarist on a full time basis.
"After The Dubliners stopped touring, following the death of Barney McKenna, Eamonn continued to tour and record with The Dublin Legends.
"Sean Cannon, singer with The Dublin Legends said, 'I am devastated. We have spent the last 30 years together touring and playing concerts. He was a great player with a great feel for Irish music.'
"Gerry O’Connor, banjo player, added 'I have not come to terms with it yet. He was such a lovely guy. Always had a big smile on his face. He just adored playing live. He is a huge loss.'
"Paul Watchorn, singer, said 'we always had such a good time in Europe. A little bit of sightseeing and then the concert. That’s what he loved most. Playing live. He was a real musicians musician and he always knew what the audience wanted to hear. Devastated.'"
Eamonn is survived by his wife Noreen and children, Francis, Paddy, Eamonn Jnr, Emma-Jane, Ciara and Niamh and by his grandchildren.
Former footballer Paul McGrath is among those paying tributes to the musician:
So sad to hear of the sad passing of Eamonn Campbell. Working with him & the rest of The Dubliners on Rocky Road to Poland was a privilege— Pamela Blake (@PamelaABlake) October 19, 2017
Very sad to hear about Eamonn Campbell's passing. A lovely gentle soul and a true Dublin legend. @dublinlegends1 #dubliners Deepest condolences to his devastated family and many friends. Rest in Peace Eamonn. @RTERadio1 pic.twitter.com/yeXL5vKHfL— Darren Holden (@darrenholden72) October 18, 2017
Eamonn Campbell RIP, no better guitar player anywhere, our condolences to Eamonn's family and friends #dubliners— The Wolfe Tones 🇮🇪 (@wolfetones) October 18, 2017
Very sad to hear about the death of The Dubliners guitarist Eamonn Campbell. Bet there was some session upstairs last night RIP pic.twitter.com/yp4Y9HplIf— Andy Nolan 🤙🏻 (@AndyNolanBCS) October 19, 2017