Don’t miss Young Dubliners live in concert on the Lewis & Clark Tap Room’s outdoor Railroad Stage!
*We are well aware of the ongoing and unpredictable nature of the Covid-19 pandemic. If all goes well it will be under control and we can get back to what we love: hosting live music and drinking beer. That being said if it is deemed unsafe to host this show on July 10th you will receive a full refund via Eventbrite.*
It’s the start of a new decade and an exciting new beginning for the Young Dubliners. After thirty years as one of the worlds leading Celtic Rock bands, the boys have begun work on their tenth studio album while simultaneously launching the 2020 Winter tour.
They are also welcoming onboard new bass player Ethan Jones who had previously worked for the band in the early days as a tech and stage manager. When the Dubs were holding auditions for the job in November 2019, Ethan reached out and said he would like to try out. Although they hadn’t seen him in many years it was as though they had never been apart. Ethan’s bass playing is superb but it was the ease with which he assimilated into the band that has really caused the most excitement and renewed commitment from the whole band. “It felt more like a family member coming home” says frontman Keith Roberts.
The new line up is Keith Roberts (vocals / guitar), Chas Waltz (Violin, keys, vocals), Justin Pecot (guitar, vocals), Dave Ingraham (drums) and Ethan Jones (bass guitar).
With a solid line up and a new batch of songs to play live, The YD are set to make 2020 one of their busiest yet. Starting the tour in Alaska at the end of January then playing across the US before heading over to Ireland with 170 American fans in tow. Finally returning in time for their fourth “Into the Blue” cruise from Miami with such legendary acts as Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), The Zombies and Alan Parsons to name but a few. And that’s just the first three months!
The band has already begun work on the new album and very soon will announce its fund raiser to help pay for the recording. This will be the second time the band has looked to its fans to finance an album instead of a traditional record company. “The business has changed so much over our lifetime that it no longer makes sense for us to take money from a label and then owe it all back” says Roberts. “Making all our supporters co producers is a far more rewarding way to make a record and allows us to maintain control all the way”. The band will team up with long time producer, Irish born
Tim Boland, and begin recording in the coming months. They will be releasing the songs in a new, unique way to match the changing tides of the music industry. More details on that will be forthcoming.
The Young Dubliners have released nine albums to date. The set on the upcoming “Road to Saint Patrick” tour will draw from all their albums and include unreleased new material.
In recent years the Young Dubs have appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang, Los Lobos, Chris Isaak and many more.
Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called ‘Celtic Rock’, that label can often be misleading. The Irish influence is certainly there, but it’s not the only influence that bursts through on their albums or live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. “That was always the idea”, explains Roberts “The sound was intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though I am from Ireland, a lot of the music I listened to growing up wasn’t Irish at all, but when I got here, I got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you’ll end up with”
Please go to YoungDubliners.com for Tour Dates, pictures and lots more information on the band.