Young Dubliners Tour Review
By Lesa Browning
Los Angeles based Celtic Rock Band The Young Dubliners are out touring to promote their nithth full length album, appropriately titled NINE. Being from Los Angels and loving this fantastic group of rockers, I pull out my own Irish heritage and try to see them if it is at all possible. Friday night was one of those nights as The Young Dubs made a stop at Spokane’s own local venue, The Knitting Factory. I brought my very Irish friend along for a night of serious dancing and singing along fun. We were not disappointed! The Knit was not packed, surprisingly. I have no clue what was up with the locals this night, but they were missing out! Regardless, it was a good crowd. All the tables were taken on both the main floor and the upper levels and the dance floor was full of happy Irish wannabe rockers. The less than sold out crowd did not seem to slow down the guys on stage one bit, the night was one intimate party from the minute they took the stage. No drop in energy at all. I have seen these guys play several times, always crazy good fun. Always. The Young Dubs played for our crowd like we were a full arena.
The opening acts were local Spokane bands. I was not familiar with either of these bands, but both were entertaining on their own. I always like when the Knit books local bands that turn out to be good! First up was Dawn of Life. Overall very good, but especially worth noting was their Drummer, Sam Shoemaker. REALLY good! I hope to find a way to check this band out again. They played a fairly short set, but the crowd was very receptive. Great start to the night. Next we had Buffalo Jones. Also good. Both bands were worth seeing again, hope to hear them locally again. Check out the websites for each of these local bands below.
Finally what the crowd was waiting for, The Young Dubs took the stage. It is a loud start of high energy from the get go. Not a lot of chit chat, just a lot of music and fun. Front man, Keith Roberts grabs on and never lets go. He had the crowd literally jumping from the first notes of the first song. This is a group of guys that seamlessly works together to keep the high energy party going non-stop. Like every Young Dub show I have seen, no one was in their seats. This was a dancing show. This was a jumping show. This was the kind of show that has you waking up the next morning with sore calves because you could not stop bouncing around like crazy fool!
The Young Dubliners have been around longer than most bands. Formed in Los Angeles, originally in 1988, the band has seen many changes, but they have managed to release nine full length studio albums. The band played much of their most recently released album, appropriately titled NINE as well as many of their older songs. They also played some traditional Irish songs and claimed to have no idea what the lyrics meant. The crowd loved it all and sang along to pretty much everything. I am a huge fan of this new album and the songs “We The Mighty” “Abhainn Mor,” “Seeds Of Sorrow” and “Say Anything.” It was great to hear these tracks live.
The Young Dubliners have such a dedicated passion for all that they do. The amazing level of youthful energy combined with mature songwriting seems to have enabled them to only get better with time. Regardless of if you call it Rock/Pop/Punk/Celtic or something totally unique, what the Young Dubs bring to the stage make for an emotionally charged, blood pumping, generally awesome good time!
For loads of information including tour dates and music, check out the website. http://youngdubliners.com
You can also view a very cool mini documentary on the making of the song “We The Mighty” on their site or at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHToQMQ2fH4
Buffalo Jones: http://www.buffalojonesmusic.com
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