FREETIME: Young Dubs back in GJ Sept. 27 for 2nd show in a year
WHAT: The Young Dubliners live
WHEN: 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 27
WHERE: Mesa Theater & Lounge, 538 Main St.
COST: $15/advance, $18/day of show
INFO: 970-241-1717, mesatheater.com
The Young Dubliners’ long-awaited ninth album, aptly titled “Nine,” was digitally released this month.
So in support of the occasion, the Celtic rock band kicked off a summer tour in Los Angeles and are currently rocking their way west. That puts them in Grand Junction Friday, Sept. 27, at Mesa Theater & Lounge, 538 Main St.
The Celtic rockers last performed March 7 in GJ to a welcoming crowd.
The Young Dubliners did not set out to be a Celtic rock band when the group started up in the early 1990s, but the Irish influence just sort of seeped into their sound, singer and guitarist Keith Roberts said.
The group was playing Celtic rock before the genre was coined as such, or became popular in America, said Roberts, who’s a native of Ireland.
The band also includes fellow Irish native, Brendan Holmes, who sings and plays bass, plus Americans Bob Boulding on guitar, Chas Waltz who plays violin, keyboards, harp and mandolin, and Dave Ingraham on drums and percussion. Boulding and Waltz also provide vocals.
“No other band was doing what we were doing,” Roberts said. “I wanted to be a songwriter, and I put a little Irish touch into it — more out of my homesickness.”
The group formed in LA, intending to play a regular gig in the bar that Roberts owned there, but after they secured their first record deal in 1993, other opportunities opened up.
“I had to make a choice, the band or the bar,” Roberts said. “Here I am, nine records and a million miles later.”
The band tours constantly, including a trip to Ireland each year.
“We have the best fans in the world,” he said.
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