The Fureys

The Fureys are one of Ireland's most influential traditional bands. Formed in 1974 by brothers Finbar, who sang lead and played uillean pipes, and Eddie, the group, which also included younger brothers Paul and George, toured throughout the world..

Their many hits included "When You Were Sweet Sixteen," "I Will Love You Every Time," "Leaving Nancy," "Tara Hill," "Red Rose Cafe," "Lonesome Boatman," and "Green Fields of France." According to Shaun Dale of Cosmik.Com, "(The Fureys) distinguish themselves from the hardcore trad groups with a willingness to attack an updated songbook that draws from British and American pop, as well as their own deep Irish roots".

Raised in Ballyfermot, The Fureys inherited their musical skills from their parents. Their father, Tom, a horse dealer by profession, played fiddle and uillean pipes and their mother played melodeon and five stringed banjo. The Fureys were an outgrowth of a duo featuring Finbar and Eddie, who performed with their father during informal jam sessions at O'Donoghue's Bar in Dublin as early as 1958. In 1961, the two brothers dominated the Rose of Tralee International Festival, placing first in the main event, the pub event, and the street event. Relocating to Scotland in 1966, the duo began appearing regularly in folk clubs, colleges, and universities throughout Great Britain and Europe.


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