The 4 Of Us – RVACC – 18th April
Voted one of the Top 10 Best Irish Bands Of All Time, THE 4 OF US hail from Newry, Co. Down. This multi-award-winning band have seven fine albums under their belt and a back catalogue of memorable songs that have featured on American, British and Irish TV and film soundtracks.
To this day, their smash hit Mary, remains one of the most played tracks on Irish radio and is currently featured on SingStar, one of Sony PlayStation’s most popular games. Founding members and brothers, Brendan and Declan Murphy have been captivating audiences on their recent tours of Germany and Ireland with their superb acoustic performances.
The 4 Of Us released their first album, Songs for the Tempted, with CBS Records in 1989, with the single “Mary”, becoming one of the most played songs on Irish radio that year. Consequently, the album went double platinum in Ireland and won Best Album of the Year at the Irish Music Awards, defeating the internationally-known act U2.
The album Man Alive followed on Sony/Columbia Records in 1992, and saw the group enter the UK charts for the first time, with the album entering the chart at #64, and the single, “She Hits Me” spending four weeks on the chart peaking at #35.
The band then lost momentum scrapping the release of Amplifier, their proposed third long player but released 2 singles “Change (Amplifier Version)” and “Someone’s Got To Lose” Video, in 1997.
They did not separate however, and eventually returned to recording albums, releasing the largely acoustic-based Classified Personal on the FUTURE INC. label in 1999.
“Off the Record”, an album of re-recordings of the band’s best known songs appeared on EMI in 2000 and included the previously unreleased songs “The Girl Next Door” and “She’s So Real” MP3.
In 2003 the single “Sunlight” Live on The Dunphy Show , which would appear on the 2004 album Heaven and Earth, began to receive airplay and was voted fourth in a poll to find the ‘best Irish single ever’, conducted by the national radio station, Today FM.
In November 2006 the band released their most recent studio album, Fingerprints and followed this with a live album Live At Vicar Street in 2009.
Throughout 2010 / 2011 via their Facebook page, the band previewed exclusive content, including previously un-released tracks “The Way The River Flows” MP3 and, “I Guess I Wasn’t Made For These Times” MP3 which was made available as a free download single for a limited period.
Appearing in the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre on 18th April 2015, starting at 8pm. Get your tickets here.
The 4 Of Us will also be appearing soon at other venues across Ireland :-
Carrick On Shannon, The Dock – 24th April
Dublin, Vicar Street – 25th April
Belfast, The Lyric – 26th April
Antrim, Old Courthouse – 1st May
Derry, Nerve Centre – 2nd May