Young Dubliners Bring the Irish Out in All of Us

Written By: Casey Gee

{Young Dubliners at the Belly Up – July 21st, 2012}

Question: What do you get when you mix rock-and-roll with a fiddle, a bagpipe, some Guinness, a good time, and the Pacific Ocean not a mile a way? Answer: The Young Dubliners playing at the world famous Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. In music, few things blend together as well as roots rock and Irish folk tunes and no band does this better than these five affectionately known as “the Dubs.” CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTO

For these blokes this is more than a day job…no one hiding in some corner of the stage just planning on ‘phoning it in’ for the gig. The bass began thumping, the fiddle started to dance, and then Keith Roberts opened his mouth and out came the sound of pirates, cigarettes, and some Blarney Stone gravel. From the opening stanza of My Town to the rousing punkishness of Rosie “the Dubs” put on a show that had the crowd jumping and drinking and claiming Irish heritage even if the closest they come is liking the color Green. Highlights of the show had to include Eric Rigler’s bagpipe undertones (yes, he wrote that song in Braveheart you’re thinking of) and Chaz Waltz’s infections fiddle playing (it’s almost a law that you start stomping your foot once this guys starts playing). Pressed for 2 encores the band complied and the night ended with a rousing rendition of Paddy Green’s Shamrock Shore. The next time the Young Dubliners come to town grab a ticket, some beer money and go get your Irish on. Sláinte! (Cheers!)

Casey Gee has been a professional musician since 1998. He has co-written songs with groups such as Grammy-winning  Switchfoot (with whom he won a 1999 Dove Award for “Best Song of the Year”) and has shared the stage with the likes of Eddie Vedder, G-Love and Special Sauce, Steel Pulse, and Space Hog. He currently resides in North County San Diego where he’s working on a new CD.

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