Tuesday, 1 November 2016
The 4 Of Us - Monday, November 14
I'm thrilled to announce that The 4 of Us play BAG @ Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare on Monday, November 14th. Doors 8:30pm. Admission is €15. No advance ticket sales, so do come early, and form an orderly queue!
In August 1989, The 4 of Us released their debut album - 'Songs For The Tempted'. A month later, I took the boat to England for the next three years, bringing the album with me - on cassette. It was to become part of the soundtrack of my time away, and, so, holds a very special place in my musical memory. For years, songs like 'Mary', 'Drag My Bad Name Down' and 'Fool For Temptation' seemed to be on repeat on the radio back home; they were certainly on repeat in my head, and on my Sony Walkman!
Happy days, indeed.
Four further studio releases over the years - 'Man Alive' - '92; 'Classified Personal' - '99; 'Heaven and Earth' - '03, and 'Fingerprints' - '06 were all critically acclaimed. After a ten year recording hiatus, the brand new record - 'Sugar Island' was just released on October 28th. It's chock-full of fine songs, drawing on the Murphy brothers' experiences growing up in Newry. Brendan's trademark soulful vocal has aged well, and has lost none of its impact, while brother, Declan's intricate acoustic guitar work drives the sound.
“With twelve songs in all, ‘Sugar Island’ offers a little bit of everything that we have come to love and expect from the band – the soulful voice of Brendan against a backdrop of Declan’s stunning acoustic guitar playing.” – FOLK & TUMBLE album review.
A full Irish Tour in support of the new record is scheduled, with many of the shows in a stripped down acoustic format with just 'The 2 of Them'! - brothers, Brendan and Declan Murphy with two acoustic guitars. And it works; oh, boy, does it work!
So, here's your chance to catch the band in an intimate setting, re-live late-80's memories, and hear a set that showcases the depth of the band's back catalogue, and introduces the new material.
This one will live long in the memory - don't miss it!
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