Young Dubliners bring their own style of Celtic rock and roll to Alaska
February 6, 2013 (Girdwood, Alaska) – Alyeska Resort’s Sitzmark Bar and Grill is excited to announce a performance by The Young Dubliners. Known for their loud, high energy style of Celtic rock and roll, the “Dubs” - as their fans fondly call the band - will perform two shows on February 15 and 16, 2013.
Seamlessly blending their rock and Celtic influences into a high energy, anthemic and lyrically poignant mix, the band whose lineup since 2002 includes co-founder Keith Roberts (vocals, guitar), fellow Dubliner Brendan Holmes (bass, vocals), American-born members Bob Boulding (guitar, vocals), Chas Waltz (violin, keyboards, harp, mandolin, vocals) and Dave Ingraham (drums, percussion)--jumps energetically from ballad to barn burner, documenting as they go the vibrant yet chaotic world they find themselves in.
"We really set a very high standard for ourselves as songwriters", says Roberts. "We live on the road, but were aware that if every few years we don’t give our fans the highest quality songs we can, that level of excitement and anticipation may not last forever. We’ve never been about hit singles, but we have always been focused on making the 12 tracks per project the best they could be. We consider ourselves songwriters first and never just jammed styles together to sell albums. Our goal has always been to keep getting better and make the songs mean something.”
Beyond the power and energy that infuses and defines their must-see live performances, Roberts believes that the Young Dubliners success over the years is a direct result of the strong songwriting on acclaimed releases like Rocky Road (1994), Breathe (1995), Red (2000), Absolutely (2002) and Real World (2005).
Building a fervent fan base comparable to that of jam band rockers like Phish and Dave Matthews Band, The Young Dubliners have over the years become notorious for the whirling jig pits that erupt at their live shows. From their humble beginnings at the Irish Rover, the band evolved through various personnel changes into a pugnacious, crazy but coolly irresistible force of nature that eventually made its way into the studio to record their debut EP Rocky Road.
"Even with all the touring we do, the thing that keeps us going is the one thing that never gets old," says Roberts. "And that’s playing those older songs people love and then mixing in a new song and hearing a positive, excited reaction from the crowd for the first time. We’ve had our share of tough gigs too, but all it takes is that one great show, those perfect moments of band and audience communication, to appreciate what we’re doing up there and why. It’s all about the joy of performing, watching the people dance and hearing them sing along."
Sitzmark Bar & Grill concerts start at 10:00 P.M. and shows are for ages 21 and over. Tickets for The Young Dubliners show are $20 and can be purchased in person at any Alyeska Ticket Office or at the Sitzmark, by phone at 907-754-2275, or online at AlyeskaResort.com. The Sitzmark is open daily during the winter season at 11:00 A.M. serving lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers a casual setting with mountain views, full bar and family-friend activities such as pool, foosball, and darts.
For a complete Sitzmark music calendar and to purchase concert tickets, please visit www.thesitzmark.com.
About Alyeska Resort (www.AlyeskaResort.com)
Alyeska Resort is Alaska's premier year-round destination featuring The Hotel Alyeska, an award-winning 304 room full-service property. Located just 40 miles from Anchorage and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alyeska Resort is your base camp for summer and winter excursions. Alyeska Resort stands out during ski season with 650” of average snowfall annually and the longest-continuous double black diamond ski run in North America. Learn more about the resort and plan your Alaskan adventure at www.AlyeskaResort.com or 800.880.3880.