RIP Ronnie Drew (16th August 2008).
A legendary Irish folk singer and musician, he founded the Ronnie Drew Group, later to be known as The Dubliners with Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna and Ciaran Bourke in 1962. He was a member of The Dubliners from 1962 to 1974 and from 1979 to 1995. From 1995 on he pursued a solo career.
He has recorded with many great artists, including Christy Moore, The Pogues, Antonio Breschi, and Eleanor Shanley amongst others. His distinctive voice has been compared to a cement mixer and the sound of coke bottles being crushed under a door.
His most successful recordings include Seven Drunken Nights, (The Dubliners), and of course, The Irish Rover (with the Pogues).
He is undoubtedly the sound of drunken Irish Sundays and St. Patricks Day across the globe.
In 2006 he underwent treatment for throat cancer. He suffered a further blow when his wife Deirdre died from cancer in June, 2007.
Ronnie was an iconic figure in Irish music