THE 4 OF US: on tour
- Saturday 27thOctober: Burnavon, Cookstown
- Saturday 10thNovember: The Marketplace, Armagh
In addition to the two Northern Ireland shows,The 4 Of Usare pleased to announce a 23 date UK tour – their first in almost 30 years !
Very special guests to Fairport Convention– the tour will coincide with a UK single release of Going Southfrom the current album Sugar Island.
THE 4 OF US| GOING SOUTH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4W5QkIbg1E
- 30 Jan 2019: Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
- 31 Jan 2019: Crewe, Lyceum Theatre
- 01 Feb 2019: The Atkinson, Southport
- 02 Feb 2019: RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester
- 03 Feb 2019: Drill Hall, Lincoln
- 05 Feb 2019: Key Theatre, Peterborough
- 06 Feb 2019: Cast, Doncaster
- 07 Feb 2019: ARC, Stockton-On-Tees
- 08 Feb 2019: Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
- 09 Feb 2019: City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
- 10 Feb 2019: Town Hall, Loughborough
- 12 Feb 2019: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
- 13 Feb 2019: The Stables, Milton Keynes
- 14 Feb 2019: The Anvil, Basingstoke
- 15 Feb 2019: The Corn Exchange, Exeter
- 16 Feb 2019: The Forum, Bath
- 17 Feb 2019: Artrix, Bromsgrove
- 19 Feb 2019: The Gulbenkian, Canterbury
- 20 Feb 2019: The Gulbenkian, Canterbury
- 21 Feb 2019: Connaught Theatre, Worthing
- 22 Feb 2019: The Arena, St Albans
- 23 Feb 2019: Union Chapel, London
- 24 Feb 2019: Trades and Labour Club, Banbury
On November 30thWarners Ireland release Feile Classical– a 12 track LIVE album recorded across two sold out shows at Semple Stadium, Thurles. The record features six Irish bands and the Irish chamber orchestra – The 4 Of Ustracks included are: Washington Down and Mary.
THE 4 OF US
SUGAR ISLAND: OUT NOW
The 4 Of Us have been a part of Irish music history for over a quarter of a century.
Formed and fronted by Newry-born brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy, they have developed a unique musical identity which has produced original and award- winning recordings, as well as a large and loyal fan base.
The 4 Of Us shot to early fame towards the end of 1989 with their debut Songs for the Tempted, which featured the massive hits Maryand Drag My Bad Name Down. The follow up Man Alive made Q magazine’s prestigious Top 50 Albums of 1992 and included the UK Top 30 song She Hits Me.
To date, the Murphy brothers have notched up an enviable catalogue of timeless songs, including six top 20 Irish charting albums. Their music has also been featured extensively on American, UK, and Irish TV soundtracks.
Sugar Island, the latest album by The 4 Of Us, is due for release on October 28 2016. Lyrically, the album explores the brothers’ early years growing up in Northern Ireland; musically, it focuses on the trademark interplay of their acoustic guitars. Promising to be one of their best studio recordings yet, Sugar Island features 12 new songs. It is arguably their most biographical album, including tracks reflecting on the brothers’ childhood, growing up in a border town during the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland.
As singer Brendan recalls: It was a dark time for sure, but as kids we still managed to have a lot of fun. Everyone who lived through that time has their own stories to tell; we thought we’d share some of ours.
The title track refers to the landmark heart of their home town, which was also a popular meeting place for young lovers: On the day I left you crying, on the bridge at Sugar Island, as the lyric goes.
The opening track, Bird’s Eye View, recalls the mixture of fear and excitement as a young Brendan watched the conflict unfold from his bedroom window at night, kept awake by the racket of helicopters and gunfire – Just a stone’s throw from my home to the edges of the danger zone.
Going South refers to the annual family holiday trips across the border. Songs likeSeventy Three, That’s The Way The River FlowsandHometown On The Border look back to that time from the present day – What you always thought was ordinary, really isn’t all that ordinary.
The rhythm of the album is provided primarily by Declan’s acoustic guitar and stomp-board on tracks that for the most part eschew a full drum kit.
We’ve really come full circle, says Declan.When we started, it was Brendan and I writing and recording with a drum box. The 4 Of Us was just two guys and two guitars. This album is a return to that ethos.
The Murphy brothers have worked with a few gifted musicians to fulfil their vision for their seventh studio album.
Says Brendan: Enda Walsh is a guy we have worked with from our very first album. He has a great recording studio and is one of the most musical people we know. His contribution really helped bring the record to life. Songwriter Sharon Vaughn flew over from Nashville to co write with us, and drummer Peter McKinney, from our original band line-up, added percussion, along with the talented bodhran player Siobhan Fahy.
The result is an uplifting album that touches on themes of childhood, family, and the passing of time against the backdrop of one of the North’s darkest periods.
The 4 Of Us undertake an extensive national tour this autumn, playing over 25 venues north and south including the Lyric theatre in Belfast and Dublin’s Vicar Street, where the Murphy brothers will be joined by their original band line-up to perform their debut album Songs For The Tempted, along with their latest, in show entitled Then and Now.