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, Paul, and Davey 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 and Davey Arthur.
Inevitably changes have occurred over 30 years. Their brother Paul died suddenly in June 2002 and Finbar left the band in December 1996, however George, Eddie, and Davey Arthur have continued to delight audiences on their tours, which will be back at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on Sunday, March 31, at 8pm, with tickets costing €28.50.
The band became an instant success and had a string of hits including ‘When you were Sweet Sixteen’, ‘The Green Fields of France’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Steal Away’, ‘Her Father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Clare to Here’, and ‘Leaving Nancy’.