One of Ireland's most legendary folk groups makes a return visit to Siamsa Tíre.
Legends of Irish music and song, The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs, I will love you, When you were sweet 16, The Green Fields of France, The old man, Red Rose cafe, From Clare to here, Her father didn’t like me anyway, Leaving Nancy, Steal away, and many more, return for their 10th performance in Siamsa Tíre.
The band was formed in 1978, literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers and Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany, were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of the FUREYS.
Inevitably changes have occurred over 39 years. Their brother Paul died suddenly in June 2002 and Finbar left the band in December 1996, however George and Eddie have continued to delight audiences on their tours and have just released a new CD ,‘The times they are a changing’
The oldest of the brothers, Eddie Furey left home in 1966 and travelled to Scotland at the time of the great folk revival where he met and shared accommodation in Edinburgh with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell, now all famous in their own right. In 1969 he was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem throughout the USA and Canada. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie with teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up in the North East of England while Dave was still a teenager.
Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy.