The Fureys & Davey Arthur   •   Emigrant (IRL)

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  • Emigrant
    • 1976 - Polydor 2904 009 LP (IRL)
  • Side One
    1. Clare to Here (Ralph McTell)
    2. Gipsy Davey (Trad. Arr. Fureys, D. Arthur)
    3. Drowsy sleeper (G. Furey)
    4. Lonesome Boatman (Finbar Furey)
    5. Medley of Reels (F. Furey, D. Arthur)
      1. Tamlinn
      2. Prince of Pipers
    6. Emigrant (D. Arthur, E. Furey, Trad.)
  • Side Two
    1. Selecton of Reels (Trad. Arr. Fureys & D. Arthur)
      1. Ask me father
      2. Finbar Dwyers
      3. The Oak Tree
      4. Lark on the Strand
    2. Heart's Lament (Trad. E. Furey)
    3. Princess Royal (O'Carolan)
    4. O'Carolan Tribute (Trad. F. Furey)
    5. Selecton of Jigs
      1. Gallagher's Frolics (Trad.)
      2. Padhin O'Rafferty (Trad.)
      3. The Box and Chanter (Finbar Furey)
    6. She came to me (Finbar Furey)

  • Musicians
    • Eddie Furey: Vocals, 6 & 12 String Guitar, Bodhran, Cittern
    • Finbar Furey: Uillean Pipes, 5 String Banjo, Flute, Whistle, Vocals, Guitar
    • Paul Furey: Accordion, Whistle, Vocals
    • George Furey: Vocals, 6 & 12 String Guitar, Accordion, Autoharp
    • Davey Artur: Tenor Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
  • Credits
    • Engineer: Pat Morley
    • Photography: Charlie Collins
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Sleeve Notes

Our first thoughts after we made this LP were to ask somebody who know the group well enough to write the sleeve notes, but, since the sleeve notes of an LP are very personal to the artists, we thought we would do them ourselves, because nobody knows the group better than we do.

I think it is only right to start with Eddie, since he is the oldest member of the Furey Brothers and also of the group. Eddie plays mandolin, fiddle, 12 and 6 string guitars, bodhran and cittern. He is also a well-renowned song writer, but his main task in the group, and the one which ho enjoys most, is lead vocal.

Paul Furey is the third oldest. We call him the "Spoofer" because of the stories he can make up and tell. He plays whistle, guitar, bodhran, spoons and he also sings. His accompaniment on accordion is well known among the music circle and he is among the finest of his generation.

George Furey is the fourth oldest and the quietest member of the group. He plays tin whistle, accordion, autoharp, bodhran and bones, but the instrument he is most happy with is guitar. He holds second lead vocal position in the group and likes to write songs.

Davey Arthur. Irish on his mother's side, Scottish on his father's, hails from Edinburgh He is the youngest member of the group, or as we say. the fifth oldest. He has a fantastic gift for stringed instruments and plays mandolin, guitar, cittern, dulcimer, but his most breath-taking performance is on tenor banjo, on which in six years he has become a master, and is well-liked among his fellow musicians We call him the "String King".

Now I come to the hardest task of all. It's always hard to talk about yourself. I suppose I should start off by saying I'm the second oldest of the group. I play tin whistle, flute, guitar, 5 string banjo but the instrument which I love most and enjoy experimenting with is my Uillean Pipes.

The five of us consist of a duo and a trio, namely Finbar and Eddie Furey and the Buskers. It was evident that we should come together as one group. The Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur. We enjoy playing together and try to keep our music and songs close to our feelings.

We hope you like the songs and tunes that we have written and collected for this LP and would like to thank everybody who helped to make it possible.

Our thanks to Bob Armstrong — Guitar Maker, Coventry. Bernard Overton — Flute Maker, Rugby. Brian Howard — Uillean Pipe Maker, Waterford. To the Engineer, Pat Morley, to John Woods for the fish and chips, but most of all to our parents Ted and Nora Furey and Davey and Bridget Arthur.

Finbar Furey.