An Irish and American sound
Although The Young Dubliners' sound is most commonly called Celtic Rock, that label, as labels can often be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it's not the only influence heard on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. "That was always the idea," vocalist Keith Roberts explains. "The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn't Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now, so you never know what you'll end up with when we write." The Young Dubliners come to The Ark just back from taking their Irish and American sound to Ireland itself.