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Hear the band you’ve heard of

Young Dubliners blend Irish, American rock at free concert

The Young Dubliners took only 17 days to record their latest album, "With All Due Respect, The Irish Session."
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— Although the Young Dubliners are labeled as a Celtic rock band, they are not as popular in Ireland as they are in the United States.

“Irish people won’t necessarily come out to see an Irish rock band,” said frontman Keith Roberts. “Maybe they’ve been jaded over the years and think we are rehashing stuff, but we’re not. It’s more the fact that they don’t know what it is we are.”

The Young Dubliners, who will be playing an end-of-season free concert on Sunday, blend two styles of music.



“We play folk and rock it up,” Roberts said. “And mix in an American rock base with an Irish rock base.”

Having said all that, the band’s new album, “With All Due Respect, The Irish Sessions,” is entirely made up of covers of Irish songs.



“Some of them are really old folk versions – really old – stripped-down versions that we kept but did our way,” Roberts said. “Others we gave our own spin to, and a couple songs that would have been a cappella, we did mad punk-rock style.”

It took the band only 17 days to record the album.

“It’s as fast as we’ve ever done it, and we did it as loud as we’ve ever done an album,” Roberts said. “After making ‘Real World,’ we graduated as recording artists – we always knew we could write good songs – but now we know we can make a good production.”

The Young Dubliners have to lock themselves away for a couple of months to write new songs.

“We all come up with ideas over a period of time but don’t write on the road because we’re working over 200 shows a year,” Roberts said. “So we have to take time off and don’t have the luxury of taking forever to do it.”

This touring band is well-known for stirring up whirling “jig pits” of dancers at their concerts and have developed a large fan base, especially in Steamboat Springs.

“People have heard of us because we’ve been around so bloody long and worked hard,” Roberts said. “Well, they’ve heard of us, but maybe not actually heard us.”


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