The 4 Of Us celebrate 30 years making great music with Longford gig

Jessica Thompson


Jessica Thompson


The 4 Of Us celebrate 30 years making great music with Longford gig

The 4 Of Us will perform in Longford this Saturday, March 23. Tickets are available via

What's popular in the music scene changes from year to year, but any band that can hold it together and change with the timee is one worth listening to.

The 4 Of Us have been a steadfast part of the Irish music industry for 30 years now following their rise to fame towards the end of 1989 with their debut album Songs for the Tempted, which featured massive hits Mary and Drag My Bad Name.

Formed and fronted by Newry-born brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy, The 4 Of Us have developed a unique musical identity which has produced original and award-winning records, as well as a large loyal fan base.

And the pair are planning a trip to Longford this Saturday, March 23 for an incredible Backstage Theatre gig that is not to be missed.

In late 2017, The 4 Of Us were listed at number 7 in TV3's Top 10 Best Irish Bands Of All Time, featuring alongside other greats such as U2 and Thin Lizzy.

To date, the Murphy brothers have notched up an enviable catalogue of timeless songs, including six top 20 Irish charting albums.

Their music has also been featured extensively on American, UK and Irish TV soundtracks.

“Really the song that gave us a career was Mary. We’ve been playing ever since,” Brendan Murphy told the Longford Leader last week.

“We’ve had a very exciting career over the last 30 years but we’re just warming up. I think we know what we’re doing now, so we’re really enjoying it.”

Sugar Island is the latest album by The 4 Of Us and has received plenty of positive attention since its release in 2016.

“The album centres around growing up in the north during the 70s when all hell was breaking out. It’s probably our most narrative album and it really tells our story before we formed the band,” Brendan explained.

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It's an uplifting album that touches on themes of childhood, family and the passing of time against the backdrop of one of the North's darkest periods in history.

Saturday night's gig will feature some songs from the new album, but the audience can also throw back to 30 years ago as the Murphy brothers will perform some of their most well-loved songs from their career.

“We have quite a large fanbase in that neck of the woods because we’ve gathered fans over the last 30 years and the show will be a real mixture of songs that punctuate every decade in our career to date so anyone at the show on Saturday can expect to hear any of the big songs we’ve done over the years,” said Brendan.

“And it’s an interactive show. We talk to the audience and the audience talks back to us. It’ll be a really good night and we’re really looking forward to it.”

Tickets at €25 each can be purchased at or 043 33 47888.

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