The Fureys, Irish legends of music and song renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’ and many more will perform in concert for the first time in the UAE at The Club on Thursday 14th January.
The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 38 years, audiences have included former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard and Former Irish President, Mary McAleese, while Tony Blair publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is The Fureys’ “The green fields of France”. Recently Ireland President, Michael D. Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall.
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 with his brother Finbar, he was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem throughout the USA and Canada. In 1971 he moved to mainland Europe where he toured for seven years, building up a huge following particularly in Germany. 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.
The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers. While touring in Germany Eddie and Finbar 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 play together and this was the start of The Fureys.
Inevitably changes have occurred over 30 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 and have just released a new CD; ‘The times, they are a changing’.
The Fureys are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly.
“We have played in many venues all over the world to very large audiences, it will be our first time to visit and perform in Abu Dhabi. To hear that we will be performing in an open air venue and on the main beach at The Club is something the band members are really excited about” said Finbar Furey.
Doors open at 6.00pm and the concert will commence at 8.00pm.
Tickets are AED 150 and are available to members and non-members of The Club.
For more information please contact The Club, Abu Dhabi 02 673 1111