The Young Dubliners Rock the Grunin Center Sept. 29

Sep 19, 2018
Courtesy of: Ocean County College Young Dubliners

The relentlessly touring band The Young Dubliners will take the stage at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. 

Although the group’s sound is most commonly called Celtic rock, the band members have various roots and influences.

“The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds,” explained the band’s lead singer, Keith Roberts, a native of Dublin. “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 (to the U.S.), 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 we’ll end up with when we start on a new album.”

The Young Dubliners play hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the U.S. and Europe every year. They have also appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Good Morning America” and had songs featured in TV shows such as “Sons Of Anarchy” and “Human Target.” The group has toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for artists such as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang and Los Lobos.

Tickets to the Sept. 29 performance are $25 and can be purchased online at grunincenter.org; by phone at 732-255-0500; or in person at the Grunin Center Box Office, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Grunin Center is located on the OCC main campus on College Drive in Toms River. —J.K.-H.

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