The never ending road tour that is the iconic Irish band The Fureys stopped off at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh tonight as part of their 2017 tour and brought more than a little bit of Irish music, humour, warmth and magic with them. Fronted by George and Eddie Furey, their connection with the audience was immediate, and it is not often that I see any band managing to do that.
Formed in 1976 after the Furey brothers decided that the time had come to continue their once separate musical wanderings together, the band have taken their infectious brand of music around the globe many times. The Fureys have been there and done it all, and the current high profile and popularity of traditional Irish and Celtic music owes much to this band.
For anyone who has not been to a show by the Fureys, how to best describe it in a review…well, imagine being in a room with some good friends who are singing songs and playing music, talking, laughing, telling a few jokes, reminiscing on some old friends and good times and you are pretty close to what it is like. The only difference of course that this room gets rather larger than normal.
The Fureys have recorded many albums over the years with many musical collaborators, and this show was skimming along the surface of that back catalogue but still providing many crowd pleasers with songs like “I Will Love You”, “ When You Were Sweet 16”, “The Old Man” and “Red Rose Café”. The band have built a solid reputation on traditional songs, love songs and very sentimental songs, but anyone thinking that this is what to expect from a Fureys’ song should listen to the poignant anti-war song “The Green Fields of France”.
Simply just a good evening out with good music in a venue that was filled with a nice warm and friendly atmosphere of the audience enjoying the music and humour of The Fureys and of course much singing along and clapping …especially during the instrumental reels.
There is a new album out too – “The Times They Are A Changing”, and a few songs from this album were in tonight’s set. How best to describe it, well their own quote from their website says it all
“We released our new CD ‘The Times they are a changing’ on Monday 15th September. It is a collection of songs we have been intending to record for several years, well known songs written by great writers and performers we met over the years including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Ewan McColl, Pete Seeger, Jim Croce and Gordon Lightfoot.”
Visit http://www.thefureys.com/ for more information and for full tour dates.
Review by Tom King