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Posted By: An Pluiméir Ceolmhar
29-Nov-02 - 04:33 AM
Thread Name: The Fureys
Subject: RE: The Fureys
No offence, but I'm amazed that anyone would ask "who are the Fureys". Along with the Dubliners they were one of the main agents of the initial post-Clancy phase of the Irish folk/trad revival and its spread throughout Europe. At one stage they were probably better-known in Germany than in Ireland.

In addition to pure trad, their repertoire came to include some of the Victorian/Edwardian ballads and parlour songs that had been popular in Dublin in the early twentieth century.

They were neighbours of the Keenans (as in Paddy Keenan), and Finbar and Paddy would be the main transmitters of the so-called "travelling style" of piping from earlier generations like the Dorans. Ted Furey (who I assume was their father, but I may be wrong) was a well-known fiddle player.

Finbar left Ireland a few years ago declaring that he was tired of discrimination against travellers. I heard recently that his hands have been badly affected by arthritis, which may be the main cause of the bad performance mentioned above (I think he generally had the name of being able to "hold his drink").