Adjacent Meridian Point,
The 4 Of Us shot to early fame towards the end of 1989 with their debut Songs for the Tempted, which featured the massive hits Mary and Drag My Bad Name Down. The follow up Man Alive made Q magazine’s prestigious Top 50 Albums of 1992 and included the UK Top 30 song She Hits Me.
‘Sugar Island’, their latest album, explores the brothers’ early years growing up in Northern Ireland; musically, it focuses on the trademark interplay of their acoustic guitars. As singer Brendan recalls: ’It was a dark time for sure, but as kids we still managed to have a lot of fun. Everyone who lived through that time has their own stories to tell; we thought we’d share some of ours.’
The Murphy brothers make a welcome return to the Theatre Royal, following a major UK and Irish tour with folk legends Fairport Convention, and as special guests of Robert Plant’s latest band Saving Grace.
Interspersed by Brendan Murphy’s often hilarious stories and musings on the band’s three decades in music, the set list features all the old hits, such as Mary, Drag My Bad Name Down and Sunlight, as well as tracks from their recent critically acclaimed album, Sugar Island.
The success of this most recent album (hailed by Hot Press magazine as ‘excellent’) – along with the band’s award-winning back catalogue and inclusion in prestigious lists such as TV3’s Top Ten Irish Bands of All Time and Today FM’s Top Five Irish Singles – has led to a string of sold-out live performances and rave reviews.
‘Never before have I been to a gig where the atmosphere has been so electric’ Irish News
The song choices hit home, delight the crowd and serve as a timely reminder just how many good songs in the tank they have. There is a remarkable freshness and vitality to their songbook.
– Irish Independent