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Hear the story and music that made legends of The Dubliners
The musical mastery of Irish folk legends The Dubliners will once again come to the fore when a new live stage show dedicated to the long-serving band takes to the road. Seven Drunken Nights, named after one of The Dubliners' best-known hit songs, aims to bring the music of Ireland's favourite sons to life. And folk lovers in Staffordshire will be able to see and hear those songs performed when Seven Drunken Nights comes to the Lichfield Garrick theatre on Saturday 21 April.

Seven Drunken Nights, The Dubliners
Seven Drunken Nights pays tribute to the music of The Dubliners

Produced by Prestige Productions, and directed by Ross Mills and Ged Graham - the latter of whom also wrote the show - Seven Drunken Nights tells the story of The Dubliners throughout their 50 year career. It follows the fortunes of band members Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Jim McCann, Ciaran Bourke and John Sheahan with the help of a talented cast of musicians and singers who collectively bring the music of The Dubliners to life. Fans who will be able to see two performances of the iconic show at Lichfield, at both 3pm and 7.30pm, are expected to sing and clap along to such classics as The Wild Rover, The Black Velvet Band, The Irish Rover, Molly Malone, Finnegan's Wake, McAlpines Fusileers, Raglan Road and, of course, Seven Drunken Nights.

Seven Drunken Nights, The Dubliners
Seven Drunken Nights in action live on stage

The Dubliners were founded in Dublin in 1962, having started off as The Ronnie Drew Ballad Group, named in honour of its founding member, before subsequently changing their name. Despite various line-up changes the group's success was centred on lead singers Kelly and Drew. Their release of Seven Drunken Nights in 1967 led to an appearance on Top of the Pops and, with it, a growing popularity that spread across the Atlantic to the United States. The Dubliners went on to become one of the most influential Irish acts of the 20th century, culminating in a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2012 which also marked their 50th anniversary. Sadly, they announced their retirement that same year following the death of the last of the founding members, Barney McKenna.

Seven Drunken Nights, The Dubliners
A talented group of musicians take on the role of the iconic Irish folk band

Seven Drunken Nights will be at the Lichfield Garrick on Saturday 21st April with performances at 3pm and 7.30pm. Tickets priced 23.50 are available from the theatre box office by calling 01543 412121 or by visiting

Forthcoming shows

22 Apr Empire Theatre Liverpool 0844 871 3017
25 Apr Hall for Cornwall Truro 01872 262466
26 Apr Wyvern Theatre, Swindon 01793 524 481
27 Apr Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle 08448 11 21 21
28 Apr Caird Hall Dundee 01382 431500
29 Apr Kings Theatre Glasgow 3pm and 7.30pm 0844 871 7648

3 May Theatre Royal Brighton 0844 871 7650
4 May Playhouse Weston Super-Mare 01934 645544
5 May Queens Theatre Barnstable 01271 316063
6 May The Castle Wellingborough 01933 270007
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Why? Enjoy The Craic With A Tribute To The Dubliners
When: Saturday 21 April
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Lichfield tickets £23.50
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by Tony Collins on 23/04/2018
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