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The Young Dubliners coming to State Theatre, Saturday, March 1, 2008

One of the Hottest Celtic Rock Bands in the USA
Coming to Bay City

Saturday, March 1, 2008 at the State Theatre

February 21, 2008       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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To open the "High Holidays," better known as St. Patrick's Day Month, for Saginaw Valley area music fans, the Friends of Celtic Culture is bringing to Bay City's State Theatre one of the hottest Celtic rock bands in the USA, the Young Dubliners.

Saturday, March 1, 2008, 7:30 p.m. will be the date and time to kick off the St. Patrick's Day celebrations that will be consuming "Revelers of the Green" for the month of March.

$20.00 tickets are on sale at the State Theatre, 913 Washington Ave., 989-892-2660, and the Heart of Ireland, 914 Washington Ave., 989-891-9413.

Known for their brand of hard hitting, original Celtic rock music, as well as reinterpreting works of other Irish songwriters in the Traditional sense, the Young Dubliners have become one of the most-sought-after bands on the U. S. and European festival scene.

Music fans are packing venues to hear the "Dubs" rapidly fire out jigs and reels that evoke a natural tendency to get up and dance. They have become notorious for the whirling "jig pits" that erupt at their live shows.

The Young Dubliners origins can be traced back to Los Angeles' vibrant pub scene in which Dublin natives Keith Roberts (vocals, guitar) and Paul O'Toole first met.

Roberts was composing some Irish ballads at the time and thought a band might be in the offing. Assembling a rag-tag team of Irish transplants and like-minded American rockers, the Young Dubliners morphed into a pugnacious music machine.

By 2000, the band, minus O'Toole, became complete with Chas Waltz (fiddle, keyboards, harmonica, mandolin, vocals), Brendan Holmes (bass), Bob Boulding (guitar), David Ingraham (drums).

The Young Dubliners hit it big when they wrote the theme song for actor Gabriel Byrne's TV show Madigan Men. They toured with Jethro Tull, John Hiatt, and Robert Cray and revved up the crowd at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

The Celtic rock fans will certainly be revved on March 1, 2008 in Bay City, and that event will set the mood for three to four weeks that follow.

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