You know it has been a really good night when no one wants to go home, which is how it was in Limavady when ‘The 4 Of Us’ came to town.
In fact, had the Murphy brothers said they were playing until dawn, the lively audience at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre on Saturday night would have gone the distance, even after two and a bit hours of sheer musical brilliance.
The Newry band are celebrating 25 years since the release of their first album - Songs For The Tempted - touring Ireland.
They’re set to play in the Nerve Centre in Derry on May 2 and, if you’re lucky enough to see them, you are in for a great night because these guys are on fire. Most times, live music is a treat, but ‘The 4 Of Us’ take it to a whole new level.
Saturday’s set list had all the old favourites from the eighties smash hit ‘Mary’ to ‘She Hits Me’ and ‘Drag My Bad Name Down’, plus newer material, including the catchy ‘Seventy Three’.
For two guys and their guitars they are masters, and effortlessly so, at knowing how to get a place rocking.
Declan is a genius on the guitar and the way he plays and music he produces will find you - at some point - springing uncontrollably from your seat and dancing like nobody’s watching.
Brendan’s voice is like honey, simply breathtaking, and even better live than on a CD.
Their lyrics are poetry in motion, about things all of us can identify with in some way or another.
The narratives from Brendan between songs allow the audience to really connect with the band - from lying about going to mass, to being paraded by your parents to perform your ‘party piece’ in front of visitors to not being allowed near the sitting room at home. And, he’s funny.
The 4 Of Us have to be the most underrated band in Irish music, and it’s great they’re back on tour delighting fans, old and new
‘The Four Of Us’ hit the Irish music scene at the same time as a lot of other incredibly talented bands. Some of their contemporaries made it big, some enjoyed periods of success, some are still out there, and some aren’t.
The difference between all of them and ‘The 4 Of Us’ is not only have the Newry band stood the test of time, but they’re even better than before.
Declan says times are good - understatement. Times are brilliant for ‘The 4 Of Us’.
Their new album ‘Sugar island’ is due out later this year and is long awaited, but anyone who has heard any of their new stuff will agree it will be worth the wait.
‘The 4 Of Us’ have to be the most underrated band in Irish music, and it’s great they’re back on tour delighting fans, old and new. They rocked Limavady once, and fans will hope it’s not long before they do it a second time.