Legends from across the sea

Dublin Legends (l-r) Eamonn Campbell, Gerry O'Connor, Sean Cannon and Paul Watchor
Dublin Legends (l-r) Eamonn Campbell, Gerry O'Connor, Sean Cannon and Paul Watchor

Eamonn Campbell is delighted to be returning to Motherwell next month after having to cancel his last visit due to ill health.

Having made his name as a member of famed Irish folk group the Dubliners, Eamonn is now part of the Dublin Legends who make their Motherwell Concert Hall debut on Friday, January 23.

He said: “We used to play Motherwell every couple of years in the Dubliners and it’s great to be coming for the first time as a member of the Dublin Legends.

“We were supposed to be over in 2013, but I needed treatment for lung cancer.

“I was actually going to postpone my treatment so I could go on tour, but the doctor wasn’t having that and insisted I go into hospital.

“Happily, they caught the cancer early enough so were able to treat it successfully and I’m doing well now.”

The Dublin Legends were formed in 2012 following the disbanding of the Dubliners, just after they had celebrated their 50th aniversary, with the sudden death of founding member ‘Banjo’ Barney McKenna and the retiral of John Sheahan.

Eamonn and fellow Dubliners member Sean Cannon decided to continue touring and teamed up with Gerry O’Connor, from Four Men and a Dog, and Paul Watchorn, from Sons of Erin, to form the Dublin Legends.

Eamonn said: “I turned 68 last month, but I have no intentions of retiring. I can’t imagine the day I don’t have a guitar in my hand.

“We don’t perform quite as often as we used to, but I still love getting up on stage and even though we are getting up in years the audience is actually getting younger so it’s wonderful to be able to introduce our music to a whole new generation.”

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets costing £21 are available by calling 01698 403120 or visit NLC entertainment