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Brendan Murphy from The 4 of Us - On Croke Park versus Iúr Cinn Fleadh - “78,000 didn’t take a fidge out of me but I’m very excited and nervous about Newry Town Hall”

Getting ready for Iur Cinn Fleadh 2014. The festival runs from the 12th to the 14th of September in Newry and includes a concert from The 4 of Us at Newry Town Hall, the first time they played there in 25 Years! Included are from leftL Columba O'Hare, Newry 2020, organisers; Eamonn Burns from band Oscail; Brendan Murphy, The 4 of Us; Daire Hughes, Mayor, Newry and Mourne District Council; Martha Guiney, musician and Neil Bradley, Newry 2020, organisers.
Getting ready for Iur Cinn Fleadh 2014. The festival runs from the 12th to the 14th of September in Newry and includes a concert from The 4 of Us at Newry Town Hall, the first time they played there in 25 Years! Included are from left: Columba O'Hare, Newry 2020, organisers; Eamonn Burns from band Oscail; Brendan Murphy, The 4 of Us; Daire Hughes, Mayor, Newry and Mourne District Council; Martha Guiney, musician and Neil Bradley, Newry 2020, organisers.

This weekend sees Newry’s brand new festival Iúr Cinn Fleadh get under way and along with the core traditional and folk music there’s a special concert thrown into the mix with Newry band The 4 of Us play a concert this Saturday night in Newry Town Hall, twenty five years after their last gig there.

Commenting on Newry’s newest festival Brendan Murphy from The 4 of Us said “I think it’s about time. You’ve got Fiddlers Green in Rostrevor, the Blues Festival in Warrenpoint, It’s great to see it. Newry is full of creative artistic people. It’s great to see that being recognised, very catchy name as well … Iúr Cinn Fleadh”

Speaking on the concert Brendan Murphy from the band said “Last time we played in Newry Town Hall was in 1989 and a decade before that I went to see U2 play here. People don’t believe U2 played here, but they did.”

“I remember John McCandless our bass player, he had got the time wrong and because all our friends were there he had decided to go for a drink in a bar and this was before mobile phones so we couldn’t contact him without someone going out and getting him. We went on an hour late, the crowd were just about to turn …”

On what it means to be back there Brendan added “We played at Croke Park two weeks ago to 78,000 people. It didn’t take a fidge out of me, but I am very very excited and nervous about Newry Town Hall, because it’s home and also it’s one of those gigs.

“We played thousands of gigs over the 25 years but I’ll never forget that Newry Town Hall Show. There’s a handful of shows that really defined us, and that’s one of them, so the idea of you going back there, and not only that, It’s a reunion for us, to have the same people on the stage, because two of those guys haven’t been with the band for 20 years, and we’ve only had the chance to have them back for two shows, Dublin and Belfast but neither of those shows were in venues that we’ve played back in the day. This one is! This is the only venue of the anniversary shows that we actually played 25 years ago!”

“The show that we are doing - We’ve two separate bands, the band that played the Town Hall in 1989 and the current band. It’s the anniversary of Songs for the Tempted the first album too.

“My parents are going to be at this. We’ve a new album coming out in a few months and a lot of it is about Newry. We’ve also got a song called Sugar Island. It just seems a lot of things are coming together.”

With over 30 venues hosting musicians from this Friday night (12th September) till Sunday night, the chances are that your local is involved too so get on down to support them. Get an event guide in your local shop or from Newry Library or the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre.

There are a limited number of tickets left for The 4 of Us gig at Newry Town Hall and they are available from the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre. See www.iurcinnfleadh.com for the latest information.

 

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