Dubliners return to 'Boat

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The Young Dubliners play a brand of rowdy pub music with Irish heart and all-American sound.

The band members hail from both countries. Ironically, it's the Irish members who want to play old-fashioned rock 'n' roll and it's the American players who have fallen in love with Celtic music. It's their mutual admiration for each other's music that has created this band's sound.

The Young Dubliners have made Steamboat Springs a regular stop on its tour schedule, usually playing about this time of year for the Free Winter Concert Series in Gondola Square.

Since it last came through town, the band has released a new album, "Real World." The album came out three weeks ago, and frontman Keith Roberts said it's the first time since the band got together that its recording "rocks as hard as the live shows."

"This is the best record we've made," he said.

Among the album's highlights is "OK," which plays like a Celtic punk song. The song has become a favorite at live shows, Roberts said.

Years ago, a rock journalist coined the phrase "jig pit" to describe the dancing that goes on at a Young Dubliners show.

"At punk shows, there are all these people jumping around and beating the crap out of each other, and our audience is more jumping up and down, but there's that kind of energy there," Roberts said.

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