The Fureys play The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Cork
Management at The Village Arts Centre are delighted to announce that The Fureys will play at the Kilworth venue on Friday, September 27. Tickets go on sale this weekend.
Over the years some of The Fureys' greatest admirers have ranged from the neighbours they grew up with in Ballyfermot to the top sports people and politicians of the world. They have performed for leaders such as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, former Irish President Mary McAleese and Pope John Paul. Recently, Irish President Michael D Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Tony Blair has publicly stated that his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys 'Green Fields of France'.
The Fureys are in their 36th year on the road, a long time and even longer if we take into consideration that George, Davey and their late brother Paul were playing as The Buskers and Eddie was playing with Finbar for many years prior to the formation of The Fureys & Davey Arthur.
The group formed in 1978 and consisted initially of the four Furey brothers. Prior to the band, two of the brothers toured as a duo known simply by their names as Eddie and Finbar Furey. Their brother Paul Furey had, together with Davey Arthur and Brendan Leeson, a band called The Buskers. Both were part of a successful tour through Germany called the "Irish Folk Festival", first in 1974, where they performed as The Furey Brothers and later as The Furey Family. Here they were joined by their father Ted, a famous fiddler, who was 73 at that time.
In 1981, The Fureys released their most successful single 'When You Were Sweet Sixteen', becoming a worldwide hit, reaching No 14 on the UK Singles Chart, No 1 on the Irish Singles Chart and No 9 on the Australian Singles Chart. 'The Green Fields of France' also gave them an Irish No 1, remaining in the singles charts for twenty eight weeks.
Other notable songs include 'Gallipoli', 'The Red Rose Cafe' and 'Steal Away'. In 2008 the band celebrated their 30th anniversary.
When Finbar left the band to begin his own solo career, Eddie, George and Paul reformed with Davey Arthur and continued as The Fureys. Sadly, Paul Furey died suddenly in June 2002.
The Fureys return to The Village Arts Centre on Friday, 27th September. Tickets from The Avondhu office, Fermoy (025-32227), Cotter's Bar, Kilworth (025-27109), Hyland's Bookshop, Mitchelstown (025-24528) or call 087-6492514.
Friday 6th September 9:40am