This musical family group from Ballyfermont, Dublin, Eire, featured George Furey (b. 11 June 1951, Dublin, Eire; vocals/guitar/accordion/mandola/autoharp/whistles), Finbar Furey (b. 28 September 1946, Dublin, Eire; vocals/uillean pipes/banjo/whistles/flute), Eddie Furey (b. 23 December 1944, Dublin, Eire; guitar, mandola/mandolin/harmonica/fiddle/bodhran/vocals) and Paul Furey (b. 6 May 1948, Dublin, Eire; accordion/melodeon/concertina/whistles/bones/spoons/vocals). During the '60s Finbar and Eddie Furey had performed as a duo, playing clubs and doing radio work. Despite the offer of a recording contract, they turned it down, and went to Scotland to play. Having established a reputation for themselves, they later signed to Transatlantic, and joined the Clancy Brothers on the latter group's American tour in 1969. In 1972, the duo toured most of Europe, but while they were away, Paul and George had formed a group called the Buskers, with Davey Arthur (b. 24 September 1954, Edinburgh, Scotland; multi-instrumentalist/vocals). This group were involved in a road crash, bringing Finbar and Eddie back home, where they formed Tam Linn with Davey and Paul, and played the Cambridge Folk Festival. George later joined the line-up, and they became the Fureys and Davey Arthur. The following year, 1981, the group, credited as the Fureys And Davey Arthur, reached the UK Top 20 with When You Were Sweet Sixteen. By contrast, the album, having the same title, only just made the Top 100 in Britain in 1982. A follow-up single, I Will Love You (Every Time When We Are Gone) failed to make the Top 50 in Britain. GOLDEN DAYS, released on K-Tel, made the UK Top 20 in 1984, selling in excess of 250,000 copies, while AT THE END OF A PERFECT DAY, also on K-Tel, made the UK Top 40 in 1985. Numerous compilations abound, but THE SOUND OF THE FUREYS AND DAVEY ARTHUR, on PolyGram, was released only in Ireland. GOLDEN DAYSand AT THE END OF A PERFECT DAY were re-packaged, in 1991, as THE VERY BEST OF THE FUREYS AND DAVEY ARTHUR. The group have successfully followed the middle-of-the-road folk musical path, by producing melodic and popular music. Folk purists argue that this detracts from ‘real’ folk music, whilst others say that the group have encouraged people, to listen to folk music. Either way, their concerts are popular worldwide, and while not a hugely successful chart act domestically, their records still sell extremely well. Towards the end of 1993 Davey Arthur left the group and formed Davey Arthur And Co.
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