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Fast and Furious Folk Music Comes to Dublin

At a venue near you soon (or rather Vicar Street on April 5), you’ll be able to catch four local Dublin folk singers who make up one of Ireland’s most loved and legendary bands – the Fureys and Davey Arthur – in concert. The much-loved group, from Ballyfermot, are currently on tour but the Dublin gig (which has been rearranged from July 5), is sure to go down a storm. It’ll actually be their 14th concert gig at that particular venue. Those who are fortunate enough to get tickets for the gig can prevent a last-minute panic trying to find accommodation for the weekend by booking one of our special packages right here at the Sandymount Hotel. Who are the Furies and Davey Arthur? For all the young readers of this blog, the Furies were set up in 1978 and originally comprised Paul (who died suddenly in 2002 following a short illness) and Finbar (who left in 1996 to start up a solo career). The Furies band, with its original members – all brothers - are still going strong today and in fact release a CD for fans every year. Known for stirring up strong emotions such as tears and joy, the band plays lively traditional Irish folk music and have appeared in some of the world’s largest venues – to huge applause. Their most famous song was When you were Sweet Sixteen (which made number 14 in the UK charts on its release and number one in Ireland. It even made number nine in Australia). Indeed the band is also hugely loved in Australia and New Zealand. Other big hits include Red Rose Café, The Leaving Nancy and the song about No Man’s Land titled Green Fields of France (and which also went to the top of the Irish charts at the time). Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, meanwhile, has publicly announced that it’s his favourite peace song ever. Contemporaries and fans Descendents of Irish travellers, the brothers grew up in a very musical household since their parents (Ted and Nora) were also popular musicians. Ted was a well-known fiddler and singer in his own right while Nora sang and played accordion and banjo. The pair insisted on music in the house every night rather than TV or other forms of entertainment and family get-together. Eldest brother Eddie Furey is a contemporary of many sixties folk singers and knew some of them, such as Gerry Rafferty, Billy Connolly and Alex Campbell, on a personal basis. He and Finbar also toured the USA and Canada with Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. Musical fans include Dave Stewart from Scottish band the Eurhythmics, whom Eddie taught guitar to while he was a teenage wannabe musician. Political followers include Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Irish president Mary McAleese. Then there is Pope John Paul! Where to get tickets These can be obtained from Ticketmaster outlets by calling +353818 719 300 from the Republic of Ireland

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