August 16, 2008
Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners passed away on this day in 2008 at the age of 73. Drew began his career after moving to Spain, learning to play the flamenco guitar, and becoming interested in folk music. He returned to Ireland and founded “The Ronnie Drew Ballad Group” in 1962 along with Luke Kelly, Ciaran Bourke and Barney McKenna. The group would eventually change their name to “The Dubliners.” Both Drew and Kelly served as the band’s vocalists and The Dubliners would become one of the most famous Irish folk groups through out the world.