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Dubliners play with late bandmates

Veteran traditional group The Dubliners will return to the stage this week alongside departed members Ronnie Drew and Luke Kelly.

Two years after Drew's death, and 26 years after Kelly passed away, the founding members of the group will again be heard performing with their former bandmates though the use of video clips and archive recordings.

“I wouldn't have thought Ronnie or Luke singing again with The Dubliners was possible but it's happening,” Dubliner John Sheahan said.

For the group's UK tour, which starts this week, Drew can be seen on huge video screens. “Since he died, we always felt we had Ronnie with us in spirit. Now we have him in music too. It's the most incredible moment, when Ronnie starts singing a song on the video screen behind us, and we all join in. You could close your eyes and think he was back with us,” said Sheahan.

Luke Kelly and another deceased Dubliner, Ciaran Bourke, who died in 1988, also feature using the same method, captured performing together on Swedish TV in 1973.

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