The Fureys & Davey Arthur are responsible for some of the most stirring folk music ever to capture the public imagination. They have enjoyed a string of hits including When you were Sweet Sixteen, The Green Fields of France, Red Rose Café, The Old Man, Steal Away, Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway, Clare to Here and Leaving Nancy.
The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called The Buskers. Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George, Paul and Davey 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 & Davey Arthur.
Inevitable changes have occurred over 30 years. Their brother Paul died suddenly in June 2002 and Finbar left the band in December 1996. George, Eddie and Davey Arthur have continued to delight audiences on their tours and have released a new CD, Songs Through The Years.
Their folk-based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world. They have performed for leaders such as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, past Irish President Mary McAleese and Pope John Paul. Tony Blair has publicly stated that his favourite peace song of all time is The Fureys’ Green Fields of France. President Michael D. Higgins honoured the band by attending their recent concert in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
Their emotive songs stir many emotions from tears and laughter to sadness and joy. A Fureys concert is always a night to remember.
Tickets for The Fureys & Davey Arthur are €25 (subject to booking fee) and can be booked by phone on 021-4651555 or online at www.ballymaloegrainstore.com. Packages for pre-show dinner and accommodation in Ballymaloe House are available for all performances – bookings by phone only.
Spring shows in Ballymaloe Grainstore are presented by Patrick Talbot Productions.