YOUNG DUBLINERS BIO 2013
The Young Dubliners are quite possibly Celtic rock's hardest working
band, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the US and
Europe every year. In recent years they have twice 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 The Flaming Lips, Collective Soul, Jethro Tull,
Johnny Lang and many more.
Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called 'Celtic
Rock', that label, as labels often can be, is misleading. The Irish
influence is there, certainly, but it's not the only influence that
rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of
the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. "That was always the
idea", Keith Roberts, lead singer for the band explains. "The sound was
always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different
backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music
we listened to growing up wasn't Irish at all, but when we got here, we
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 when you
start on a new album.
The band is currently in the midst of recording their ninth studio
album. This will be a unique experience for the band as they plan to
release it independently for the first time in their career.
"We had a few offers but decided we were well overdue to take things
into our own hands," says Roberts, "After eight albums on various labels
it just seemed right to go it alone for once and maintain full creative
However 'going it alone' did not mean without financial support and for
that they turned to their fans. After only two weeks the band had
received over half the necessary funds to complete the recording,
manufacturing and marketing plan for the album and work began on
February 1st, 2012. The road intervened as is usual for this non-stop
touring band and the recording process was put on temporary hold as they
commenced a long US summer tour followed by a month long European Fall
Now, safely returned to the US, the band is back in the studio full time
and hopes are high to finish the album by March. There is a short tour
planned for Alaska in February with the main roadwork starting up again
in March. They plan to showcase much of the new material at the upcoming
"Having a whole album of new songs really invigorates the live show for
us and makes it exciting all over again" say Roberts. "It's like a shot
in the arm every time we go through this process".
The pledge drive continues on their website at youngdubliners.com.