Ronnie Drew

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The unforgettable character and deep, crowd-silencing voice associated with Ronnie Drew makes him both loveable and memorable. This essay intends to explore Ronnie’s early life, music career and life achievements. The work is quite personal as Ronnie was my great-uncle. This essay will discuss the early life, musical career, and life achievements of Ronnie Drew. Drew was a fascinating character with plenty of interesting stories to tell. His witty tales, superb sense of humour and many notable achievements make him a national icon, respected and loved by the people of Ireland. The legacy of Ronnie Drew is his influence on future Irish contemporary singers such as Damien Dempsey and established acts such as The Pogues, The Waterboys and even…show more content…
Spanish culture and cuisine became of great interest to Ronnie during this time, he also showed passion for Flamenco. Drew began taking flamenco lessons from a man named Antonio Deosuno. Ronnie’s taste for music essentially began while in Spain, he was singing in local bars and playing guitar alongside friends. Ironically, Ronnie Drew had no intentions at this stage to be a performer ‘I’d had no ambition to play in public or go on stage or anything like that’ (Drew 2008 pg. 43). Ronnie taught English classes in the local bars and in wealthy households, making a fiver each lesson. He also managed to pick up a great deal of Spanish with a surprisingly polished…show more content…
Luke Kelly departed from The Dubliners in 1964, headed back to England. John Sheehan and Bob Dylan joined the group and when Luke returned, Bob left shortly after. The group signed to Transatlantic records. The Dubliner’s success continued, and they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in America in 1968. Throughout the sixties, the group indulged in chart success and international fame. Ironically, Ronnie never viewed the group as a band more of ‘ a group of four or five individuals, who each did their own thing’ (Drew, pg.65 2008). Drew’s genuine character, dry sense of humour and passion for music shines throughout his career both with The Dubliners and as a solo artist. In 1974, shortly after Ciarán Bourke had a brain haemorrhage, Ronnie decided to leave The Dubliners as Ciarán’s sudden illness was affecting him and he felt he was neglecting his role as a family man ‘… I felt my children were growing up and I wasn’t seeing very much of them…’ (Drew, pg.68 2008). Drew’s solo career was also a roaring success and he released albums with various renditions of well-known Dubliner’s songs including ‘The Irish Rover’ originally featuring The Pogues. Ronnie collaborated with several other artists during this period including Christy Moore, Mary Coughlan, and Eleanor
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