THE DUBLINERS — For many people The Dubliners are the true symbol of Dublin. Through their humour and song over the last 25 years, they have given Dublin and its music, a special place in the hearts of the people of Ireland. They have spread the city's fame and songs to all comers of the Universe.
THE FUREYS and DAVEY ARTHUR — This band of Balladeers have enthralled audiences worldwide. Their distinctive musical style is indicative of the love they hold for traditional Irish music. For the Fureys and Davey Arthur, Dublin is their city and heritage.
BRENDAN GRACE — Brendan is a true Son of Dublin. He hails from the Liberties, which by definition is the home of a 'True Dubliner'. Undoubtedly, this 'Dub' is one of Ireland's best loved performers, blending his own special brand of humour to a distinctive vocal style.
JIM McCANN — Another true Son of Dublin, whose musical career has seen success with the Ludlows and more recently with the Dubliners. This superb singer has achieved his greatest success as a solo artist whose interpretation of Irish songs has been widely acclaimed.
PADDY REILLY — Bom in Rathcoole, on the outer suburbs of Dublin city, this unique artist has the distinction of having one of his singles, 'The Fields of Athenry' in the Irish charts for 67 weeks. Again, Paddy Reilly's success is international.
THE BAND OF 'DUBS' — Ireland's finest musicians have come together to celebrate the 1,000th birthday of their nation's capital city in song. To this end, many thanks for the enthusiasm and musical dedication which made this unique assembly possible. Well done lads and lassies!
A MESSAGE FROM THE LORD MAYOR OF DUBLIN
DUBLIN is one of Europe's oldest capital cities, and celebrates 1,000 years of history in 1988.
In 841 AD the Vikings built a seafort on high ground along the banks of the river Liffey. The town of 'Dyflyn' grew up around this seafort and evolved over the centuries into the modem city of Dublin. The word 'Dublin' means 'black pool' — the exact location of the Viking settlement was the point where the rivers Poddle and Liffey met — the 'pool' which gave the town its name.
In the following years Dublin became comparatively wealthy. The Vikings created an important trading centre, introduced community life to the city, and built a settlement of immense power and influence. It is no wonder that the Irish kings were anxious to take possession of this Viking stronghold. The Irish Annals tell us that in 988 AD King Mael Seachnaill II succeeded, after a siege of 20 days, in capturing Dublin and imposing a tax of one ounce of gold on each householder. This turning point in the history of Dublin is the focal point for the Millennium.
The celebrations of the Millennium include special projects and activities in every area of interest — from Sport to the Environment, the Arts, Education, History, Commerce, and of course, Entertainment. It is particularly suitable that this Official Millennium Album features one very special aspect of Dublin's cultural and entertainment history: The Street Songs. The importance of Street Songs and Ballads in both documenting history (both real and 'decorated') and in passing on our folklore, has always been to the fore.
Both the songs featured on this album, which are so much a part of Dublin's folklore and daily life, and the Artistes, all well-known and much-loved Sons and Daughters of Dublin, are a tribute to this great tradition. They are all Balladeers in the mode of many of the most famous chroniclers of our country in the last 1,000 years. I have pleasure in inviting you to listen to their distinct style of music. In doing so you will also be learning the many old tales of our city, and joining the ranks of those who have enjoyed a great tradition in our age-old and fine city.
The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Dublin
Alderman Carmencita Hederman
1st Jan. 1988.