L Mag Music Editor Mike Conklin draws our attention to:
Ronnie Drew, lead-singer of the Dubliners, who were the single most energetic Irish folk band I've ever heard, died on Saturday of throat cancer. The Times ran a nice obituary yesterday, my favorite part of which is:
"Liam Collins, writing in The Belfast Telegraph on Tuesday, recalled a story told my Mr. Drew's son, Phelim, about the morning the singer stopped into an empty pub for a cocktail. The bar's only other patron looked at Mr. Drew and remarked, 'I thought you were off the drink."I can't stop watching this video of the Pogues and the Dubliners playing "The Irish Rover." Watch how Drew and MacGowan just stand there during the instrumental passages. It's wonderful.
'I am,' Mr. Drew replied, but I have a gin and tonic every now and again. I find it helps me to mind my own business. Would you like one?'"