The Fureys

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The Fureys
Finbar & Eddie Furey.jpg
Finbar & Eddie Furey, Musikhalle, Hamburg, in October 1974
Background information
Also known as The Furey Family
Origin Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland
Genres Folk music
Years active 1974–present
Associated acts Finbar Furey, Davey Arthur
Website The
Members Eddie Furey, George Furey, Davey Arthur, Camillus Hiney & Aidan Guilfoyle
Past members Finbar Furey
Eddie Furey
Paul Furey (deceased)
Dominic Leech

The Fureys are an Irish male folk band of four brothers - Eddie, Finbar, Paul and George, from Ballyfermot, Dublin, and of Irish Traveller heritage.[1] They have also been credited as The Fureys and Davey Arthur.

The group formed in 1978 and consisted initially of four brothers.[2]

Prior to the band two of the brothers toured as a duo known simply by their names as Eddie and Finbar Furey. Their brother Paul Furey had, together with Davey Arthur and Brendan Leeson, a band called The Buskers. Both were part of a successful tour through Germany called the "Irish Folk Festival", first in 1974, where they performed as The Furey Brothers and later as The Furey Family. Here they were joined by their father Ted, a famous fiddler, who was 73 at that time. Ted Furey had recorded a solo fiddle album Toss the Feathers released by the Outlet label in 1973.[3]

In 1981, The Fureys released their most successful single "When You Were Sweet Sixteen", becoming a worldwide hit, reaching #14 on the UK Singles Chart,[4] #1 on the Irish Singles Chart and #9 on the Australian Singles Chart.[5] "The Green Fields of France" also gave them an Irish #1, remaining in the single charts for twenty eight weeks. They also had two Top 40 British albums called Golden Days and At the End of the Day.[6]

Other notable songs include "Gallipoli", "The Red Rose Cafe", and "Steal Away". As of January 2008, the band is still recording and touring. In 2008 the band celebrated their 30th anniversary.

Finbar left the band to begin his own solo career and Eddie, George and Paul reformed with Davey Arthur to become a successful band. Paul Furey died suddenly in June 2002.[7]

All four of the brothers are married with children.


  1. ^ O'Callaghan, Miriam (18 March 2010). "Miriam Meets......Finbar and Martin Furey" (podcast). RTÉ. pp. 11:40 – 11:50. Retrieved 29 December 2012. "[M O'C]..and they [parents] were originally Travellers? [FF] Oh yeah...that's our background, yeah..." 
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  3. ^ OCLC record 31905018 viewed on 27 July 2010.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 217. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - One Hit Wonders (General: Music/Charts related)". Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
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  7. ^ "Fureys & Davey Arthur for Ballinasloe show". Galway City Tribune. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 

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