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Irish Folk Legend Ronnie Drew Dies

 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:46 am    Post subject: Irish Folk Legend Ronnie Drew Dies Reply with quote

Ronnie Drew, the legendary Irish folk singer and musician, has died at the age of 73, his family has announced.

Drew, the founder of The Dubliners, had been battling ill health for some time.

In a brief statement, his family confirmed he passed away at St Vincent's Private Hospital in Dublin at 1400 BST on Saturday.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen said Drew had been an "iconic figure in Irish music" over five decades who would be remembered worldwide for his music.

"I met him and admired his music, his unique singing voice was loved by so many people," he said.

"Ronnie, whether as part of The Dubliners or during his solo career, will also be remembered for his promotion of Irish music both at home and around the world.

"He bore his illness with bravery and will be sadly missed."

Drew underwent six months' treatment for throat cancer two years ago.

His wife of more than 40 years, Deirdre, died last year. The couple lived in Greystones, Co Wicklow.

He is survived by his two children and five grandchildren.

Drew's family said he passed away peacefully while they were at his bedside.

"The family are very grateful for all the letters of support and wishes during the term of Ronnie's illness," they said in a statement.

They also thanked Professor Crown and the entire medical staff of St Vincent's Private Hospital.

Con Kavanagh, barman at O'Donoghues, where The Dubliners started out, said everybody gathering at the pub this evening was talking about Drew.

"When you mention Dublin, you mention Ronnie Drew - the two just went together," he said. "Everybody loved him."

Irish president Mary McAleese said it was with great sadness that she learned of Drew's death.

"Ronnie was a champion of traditional Irish music and, with The Dubliners, he re-energised and refreshed our unique musical heritage," she said.

During his career, Drew recorded with many artists, including Christy Moore, The Pogues, Antonio Breschi and Eleanor Shanley.

Earlier this year, members of U2 joined fellow Irish musicians Sinead O'Connor, Shane MacGowan, Christy Moore and others to record a tribute song The Ballad Of Ronnie Drew.

All profits from the release of the single went to the Irish Cancer Society.

Speaking at the time of the recording, U2 frontman Bono said: "Ronnie is like the King of Ireland, and we are his subjects.

"This is a big fight for him. But like any fighter, it's easier if there's a crowd cheering."

Drew founded the Ronnie Drew Group in 1962, which later came to be known as The Dubliners.

The group included fellow Irish music legends Luke Kelly, Ciaran Bourke and Barney McKenna and they began by singing in the O'Donoghues pub in central Dublin.

Kelly was known for singing their soulful ballads and Drew will be best remembered for his gravelly-voiced renditions of songs like Finnegan's Wake and Dicey Reilly.

Drew sang one of the band's biggest commercial hits, Seven Drunken Nights, and the band appeared on the BBC's Top of the Pops.

They later appeared again on the show with Shane MacGowan and the Pogues to perform the single The Irish Rover.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't stand to listen to Folk music but I did like the tracks mentioned above and of course 7 Drunken Nights was a great sing a along tune.
This is the record that Johnnie Walker threw over the side of the ship on Pirate Radio Essex last year! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
I can't stand to listen to Folk music but I did like the tracks mentioned above and of course 7 Drunken Nights was a great sing a along tune.
This is the record that Johnnie Walker threw over the side of the ship on Pirate Radio Essex last year! Laughing


He must have fished it back out, cos he played it this morning! Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really? I didn't hear the show... maybe he felt a little guilty!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dubliners were a very good group.
RIP Ronnie
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like folk music as a rule but I do like Seven Drunken nights, it's silly but it makes me smile. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Ballad of Ronnie Drew has gone back into the Irish Top 50 this week at no 19 (it reached no 1 about 5 months ago). The only 2 albums entering the Top 100 within the Top 50 are The Best of Ronnie Drew and The Definitive Dubliners
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