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Billy Barton

Narrator / Vocals

Billy Barton

 

Born in the heart of Dublin into a family of musicians with a rich heritage of Irish music and culture. Billy is indeed the real deal, a true Dub. His father Tommy Barton 'The Gentleman Busker' was at the core of Irish music in 50's and 60's Dublin and was the first person to be invited to play music in the legendary O'Donoghue's pub birthplace of The Dubliners. Billy grew up with Barney McKenna who was a regular visitor to the house to receive banjo lessons from his father Tommy and Billy even got his first tin whistle from Ciaran Bourke.

 

During his formative years Billy together with his two brothers immersed themselves in Irish music and forged lifelong friendships with some of Ireland’s greatest musicians and balladeers (Finbar Fury, Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Ciaran Bourke, John Sheahan and Barney McKenna) Billy found international success with The Dublin Rogues and has shared the bill with folk legends such as The Fury Brothers and Davey Arthur, Jim McCann, Paddy Reilly and of course The Dubliners.

 

Most recently Billy has been involved in producing and researching a documentary of his fathers life which included intimate interviews with his lifelong friends Barney McKenna, Ronnie Drew and Finbar Furey. 

 

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