Music scene: March 1-7
You don’t have to be Irish to play Irish.
That’s the gist of The Young Dubliners, a California-based Celtic band that will make a tour stop in Grand Junction on Thursday, March 7, at Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St.
Doors will open at 5 p.m.
“Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called ‘Celtic Rock,’ that label, as labels often can be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it’s not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind,” notes the band bio at youngdubliners.com.
“And that was always the idea,” adds lead singer Keith Roberts.
“The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn’t Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you’ll end up with when you start on a new album.”
Between tour dates and shows, the band has been recording tracks for its ninth studio album, with plans of finishing it by this month.
New material from the album will be performed at the Mesa Theater show. Tickets are $15. Call 241-1717 for information.