The pace never slows for Young Dubliners guitarist/vocalist Keith Roberts.
"We just got back home a week and a half ago, and now we're gearing up for another push across the nation," he said in his Irish accent from his Los Angeles home. "Once you get your roots back growing, you have to pull them up again."The Young Dubliners - featuring Roberts, mandolin/guitarist Paul O'Toole, guitarist Randy Woolford, bassist Bren Holmes, saxophonist/keyboardist Jeff Del-li-santi, drummer Jon Mattox and violinist Chas Waltz - will perform two nights and the Zephyr Club, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28. Doors open at 7 p.m.
"Actually, the touring is something we want to do," said Roberts. "We just want to keep going non-stop. It's something I've always wanted to ever since I was young. I can never picture myself getting bored of what I'm doing. I mean, I'm playing music we wrote and seeing people having a good time with it. It's sort of like a paid vacation."
Robert and O'Toole started the Young Dubliners back in late 1988. The pair originally performed in the L.A. Irish clubs as an acoustic guitar duo. As time went on, they began adding a bass player, drummer and keyboards. In 1994, the band released its debut extended play, "Rocky Road."
"It's funny how things you take for granted at home means so much to you when you arrive in a foreign land," said Robert who emigrated from Ireland to become a journalist in L.A. "When I met with Paul, we were on different sides of the musical spectrum - Paul liked the more Celtic folk and I was firmly interested in rock and pop - but we were both Irish."
After the debut, the band developed a heavy following and began touring across the United States.
"We don't rely too much on doing videos and such," said Robert. "If you have a hit video and make it No. 1, there's no place else to go. We are content in taking the long way and let the music speak for itself."
Though he's proud of the surge of Irish-popularity, a la the Cranberrys, U2 and Van Morrison, Rob-erts said he really doesn't consciously try to write Celtic-laden tunes.
"I just write what I feel," he said. "In fact, everyone writes the songs together. And when you have an American guitarist like Randy who does most of the melodies, you can't tell me that was done to sound Celtic. We all have our different influences and those will creep up at times."
The last time the Dubliners were in town, they packed the Zephyr Club.
"Everyone is so amazed at how much energy we have," said Roberts. "While Salt Lake is usually one of the first stops we make on the tour - being it's so close to L.A. - we will always give the show our best. And when you pack a place you're going to play the best show you've ever played."