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 titled 'The Green Linnet: Andorra', Barney McKenna and Tony MacMahon perform on the French-Spanish border, where they are refused entry to Spain. Disappointed by their refusal of entry to Spain and in the Franco regime, they perform the Salamanca tune.
'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 an episode which was broadcast on 9 February 1979.
The series was restored and rebroadcast in the Take Two archive slot on RTÉ 2 in September 2006.
View another clip from the series 'The Green Linnet' where Barney and Tony busk on the streets of Ennis, Co. Clare.