As part of the Temple Bar TradFest, a special commemoration concert takes place on Sunday 27 January at City Hall, Dublin, celebrating the contribution made by Barney McKenna to traditional Irish music. As a founding member of The Dubliners, Barney is famous for playing the tenor banjo. The sold out show will feature tributes from musicians, friends and family.
Barnie McKenna passed away on 5 April, 2012.
RTÉ Archives looks back to 1979 when Barney took part in a series called 'The Green Linnet', a six part series following musicians Barney McKenna and Tony MacMahon as they busk their way through Europe.
In this clip from the programme, Irish traditional musicians Barney McKenna, Tony MacMahon and Micko Russell perform in the streets of Ennis, County Clare during a Fleadh Cheoil, a traditional music festival.
As travelling musicians, they collect money and perform an old style reel as Micko Russell plays a reel on the tin whistle.
'The Green Linnet' is a six part series following musicians Tony MacMahon and Barney McKenna as they busk their way through Europe.
The extract shown here is from the first episode which was broadcast on 5 January 1979.
The series was restored and rebroadcast in the Take Two archive slot on RTÉ 2 in September 2006.