Last night I had the pleasure of going to Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury with my father and partner to see The Fureys and Davey Arthur - legends of Irish Music.
Now, my wonderful father is from southern Ireland himself, so it was he who suggested it. I have grown up with Irish jigs and music blasting in car journeys and family meals, so I knew some of what was to be expected.
But I have to say, I enjoyed myself far more than anticipated. Because with The Fureys, you get more than a few jigs, you get a whole evening of storytelling, Irish banter, wonderful songs about a whole spectrum of things, and some really fantastic acoustic music using a variety of traditional instruments played with real aplomb.
The Fureys have been entertaining people all over the world for 32 years with their music, songs and stories. They have been seen by Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul. Tony Blair has also publicly stated that his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys' 'Green Fields Of France'. (But don't let that put you off!)
Theatre Severn was packed for this gig, which saw five men, who have in their own words 'enjoyed a fair few cups of tea' in their time, get everyone clapping and singing along. Among the hits, they sung: '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' and many more.
Personal highlights were hearing about when they rocked up in Scotland, headed to a bar, got chatting to comedian Billy Connolly, who invited them to stay for a night, and they ended up staying for a year and a half. They also took time to dedicate songs to people who have meant a lot to them in their lives, including late members of the band, and also to explain where the ideas of the songs had come from - to hilarious Irish effect.
You felt like you were being entertained by old friends, who had a very colourful past with which to entertain you. I would definitely recommend.
There are loads of great acts on the theatre this summer, so make sure you check out their website or call 01743 281281 to book.
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