The Dubliners were an Irish folk band. They formed in 1962 and had a career that covered 50 years. They went through many lineup changes through the years, The founding member were: Ronnie Drew, on vocals and guitar; Luke Kelly on vocals and banjo; Barney McKenna on banjo, mandolin, melodeon, and vocals; and Ciarán Bourke on vocals, guitar, tin whistle, and harmonica. Other long standing members of the band were: John Sheahan on fiddle, mandolin, tin whistle, and concertina; Seán Cannon on vocals and guitar; and Eamonn Campbell on guitar and mandolin.
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda was originally recorded by Eric Bogle on his 1980 album Now I’m Easy. It was written in 1971, just after Eric saw his first ANZAC Day march, in Canberra. The song tells the story of a drifter who enlists in the Australian Army during 1915 and is shipped off the Gallipoli where he loses both of his legs, he is then shipped back to Australia and, in the last verse, watches an ANZAC Day parade and questions what it is all for. The Dubliners originally released this version on their 1979 album The Dubliners Together Again.
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