Plain and Simple

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  • Plain and Simple
    • 1973 - Ram RMLP 5002 LP (IRL)
  • Side One
    1. Donegal Danny (Martin-Coulter)
    2. Queen of The Fair (Martin-Coulter) & The Tongs by The Fire (Trad. Arr. Dubliners)
    3. Fiddlers Green (Connolly)
    4. Jonson's Motor Car (Gillespie)
    5. The Wonder Hornpipe (Trad. Arr. Dubliners)
    6. The Jail of Cluan Meala (Trad. Arr. Coulter)
  • Side Two
    1. The Town I Loved So Well (Coulter)
    2. The Ballad of Ronnie's Mare (Martin-Coulter)
    3. The Three Sea Captains (Trad. Arr. Coulter & Dubliners)
    4. Skibereen (Trad. Arr. Dubliners)
    5. Rebellion (Wrap the Green Flag Round Me Boys, The West's Awake, A Nation Once Again) (Trad. Arr. Coulter)

  • The Dubliners
    • Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciarán Bourke & John Sheahan

Sleeve Notes

Think of a sound you thought you would never remember and it is here.
All the passion, humour, pathos and naked simplicity that makes The Dubliners unique in the history of folk music.

Here are the iodine Irish dawns with mists lifting oft" squat cottages tilting at the light. The passionate thunder of iron grey seas beating a message in a thousand coves. A rugged blend as rich as smoke from a peat fire.

Try and detect the fact that they have been together for ten years entertaining the world. It's impossible. Their music is as fresh as a newly-bitten apple.

I have seen them in the concert halls of Britain and Europe. In the Albert Hall where a woman, with a crucifix tightly clasped to her chest, broke down and wept at their velvet magic. In a sweltering Northern club where one man laughed so hard at their jollity his tears made his beer overflow!

The Dubliners…each an individual talent, but collectively as powerful as a force ten gale. Ronnie, with a voice like a bung being thumped into a barrel of stout. Luke, whose wild tearing songs nail you to your seat. The plaintiff tones of Ciarán Bourke. And John Sheahan and Barney McKenna whose musical dexterity weaves intricate mosaics on your mind.

Sit back then, take a glass and listen to the Dubliners: plain and simple.

Ken Bennett
Northern News Editor, Sunday Mirror