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The Dubliners artist photo

In 2012 the Legendary Irish Folk group The Dubliners celebrated 50 glorious years in the music business by receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and rapidly followed it up with a sell-out UK concert tour, the highlight of which was a magical night at The Royal Albert Hall. Sadly, however, they subsequently suffered a body blow with the sudden death of founding member 'Banjo' Barney McKenna. Quite naturally this tragic occurrence meant that the remaining members chose to sit down and decide upon the band's future. John Sheahan, after 50 years of travelling, decided it was time to step off the tour bus.

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The Dubliners