Folk, Irish traditional, M.O.T.R.
Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, 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’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc perform throughout Ireland, UK and Continental Europe every year.
The FUREYS have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 40 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the FUREYS “Green Fields of France”. Recently Ireland President Michael D Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall.
The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers and Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany 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 be playing together and this was the start of the FUREYS.
Inevitably changes have occurred over the years. Their brother Paul died suddenly in June 2002, Finbar left the band in December 1996 and Davey got a stroke in March 2014 which he is still recovering from. However George and Eddie have continued to delight audiences on their tours and have released a new CD to celebrate their 40th Anniversary called ‘The Fureys 40 Years on……to be continued’
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, Tam Harvey and Alex Campbell, now all famous in their own right. Gerry wrote ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’ for Eddie while they were together in 1972. BBC Radio 1 presenter, the late John Peel made it his single of the year. In 1969 with his brother Finbar, Eddie was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers throughout the USA and Canada. In 1973 he moved to mainland Europe where he toured for a number of 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 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.
Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy.
A FUREYS concert is always a night to remember
The Lighthouse theatre opened in May 2008 and is the main venue for performing arts and entertainment in Kettering.
Located just ten minutes walk from the town centre, sited at Kettering Conference Centre one of the premier conference venues in the East Midlands. It’s easily accessed from the A14. This is a superb venue that has all the magnificence and splendor of a traditional theatre combined with the contemporary style and features of a modern, state-of-the-art auditorium.
Since opening the Lighthouse has gone from strength to strength. Finished to the highest standards this modern auditorium has 424 tiered seats at ground floor level and a further 143 in the balcony with six private boxes. We have thousands of regular visitors and hope to see many more.
The Lighthouse bar is off the main foyer and is perfect for pre-show drinks and refreshments. Upstairs is the attractive and modern Bridge bar with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the concourse. The Lighthouse bar will be open on performance nights, confectionary and ice cream will be available.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.