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The Fureys and Davey Arthur

The Fureys and Davey Arthur


The Fureys Brothers are the sons Ted and Nora Fureys. Ted Furey, a fiddler and singer, was a very well known figure on the folk, and their mother Nora, was an accomplished a singer, accordion and banjo player. The Fureys grew up in Ballyfermot, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland.


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Eddie Furey
(1944- )

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Paul Furey
(1948-2002)

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George Furey
(1951-)

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Davey Arthur
(1954- )

Timeline

  • 1966:
    • Finbar & Eddie relocate to Scotland and began appearing regularly in folk clubs …
  • 1968:
    • Finbar & Eddie's first LP is released on the Waverley label — I Know Where I'm Going, with Paddie Bell.
    • Their 2nd, self-titled album is also released on the Transatlantic label.
  • 1969:
  • 1970:
    • Finbar & Eddie appear on their 2nd album with Clancys, Flowers In The Valley.
    • After about a year and a half, the Fureys leave the Clancys line-up.
  • 1972:
  • 1973:
    • The Buskers, Paul Furey, Davey Arthur & Brendan Leeson, release their first LP — The Life Of A Man.
    • During this same period, Ted Furey is touring with his youngest son, George.
  • 1974:
    • The first "Irish Folk Festival" is held in Germany, featuring all of the Fureys in their various groups, as well as a family.
    • Bobby Clancy also appears at this 1st Festival.
    • In addition, a double LP of the festival is released.
    • The Buskers release their 2nd, self-titled album. By now, George has joined the line-up.
    • Finbar & Eddie's next LP is released, A Dream In My Hand.
  • 1975:
    • The second "Irish Folk Festival" is held in Germany.
    • Appearing this time are Ted Furey (with George) and the Buskers (without Brendan Leeson).
    • Another double LP of the festival is released.
    • Eddie and Finbar do not appear at the 2nd Festival — but do release another album, I Live Not Where I Love.
  • 1976:
    • Eddie & Finbar release their final (double) LP, as a duo — The Farewell Album.
    • Record One is a studio recording, and Record Two is live, with Paul & George Furey and Davey Arthur.
    • During this period the Buskers are involved in a car crash, and Finbar and Eddie returned home.
    • Initially Finbar, Eddie, Paul and Davey form a group called "Tam Linn" and appear at the Cambridge Festival.
    • George eventually joins the group and they change the name to "the Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur".
  • 1977:
    • The Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur release two albums, Emigrant and Morning On A Distant Shore on the Polydor label.
    • Based on the catalog numbers, these albums are released back to back. [1]
    • Emigrant features the Ralph McTell song, "Clare to Here" — the first of a long list of songs to be made popular by the group.
  • 1978: Their 3rd album, Banshee, is released. Their only recording on the Irish label Dolphin.
  • 1979:
    • The album The Green Fields Of France is released.
    • This is arguably the group's breakthrough LP — featuring Eric Bogle's title track.
    • The song spends 28 weeks in the Irish Charts, reaching number one.
  • 1981:
    • The group releases their most successful single (worldwide), "When You Were Sweet Sixteen".
    • The song reaches #1 in the Irish Charts, #9 in Australia & #14 in the UK Charts.
  • 1984:
    • Their album, Golden Days, makes the top 20 in the UK Charts.
  • 1985:
  • 2001:
    • The group releases The Fureys Sing Chaplin, an album of songs written by Charlie Chaplin.
    • This is the only album to feature Paul Furey singing lead vocals, on the song "Weeping Willows".
  • 2002:
    • On June 17, Paul Furey passes away, suddenly and unexpectedly, after a brief illness, at the age of 54.
    • Finbar appears the Martin Scorsese film, The Gangs of New York.
  • 2003:
    • Davey Arthur returns for the group's 25th Anniversary Tour.
    • Finbar is also invited to take part, but declines. [1]
  • 2008:
    • The Fureys and Davey a CD and DVD titled, 30 Years On.
    • A live performance recorded at Vicar Street, Dublin, to celebrate the band's 30th Anniversary. [1]

  • Notes:
    1. Doing the math, The Fureys celebrate all their anniversaries basing the group's beginning in 1978
      • Yet their first 2-albums were released in 1977.
      • Either the albums are misdated, or perhaps the group didn't start performing until 1978 …