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The 4 of Us set for Derg gig

The 4 of Us will perform in Castlederg next month.

Irish rock legends The 4 of Us are set to bring their critically acclaimed acoustic show back to Tyrone later this month.

The band – formed and fronted by Newry brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy will appear at the Townhouse Bar in Castlederg on Friday, August 11.

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The 4 of Us will be showcasing songs from their new album ‘Sugar Island’, which was  released at the end of last year, as well as hits from their extensive back catalogue.

The band shot to fame towards the end of 1989 with their debut album ‘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’.

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, British and Irish TV soundtracks.

The latest release ‘Sugar Island’ features 12 new songs and is arguably the band’s most biographical album, including tracks reflecting on the brothers’ childhood, and growing up in a border town during the height of The Troubles in the North.

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 title track refers to the landmark heart of their home town, which was also a popular meeting place for young lovers.

The opening track, ‘Bird’s Eye View’, recalls the mixture of fear and excitement as a young Brendan watched the conflict unfold from his bedroom window at night, kept awake by the racket of helicopters and gunfire.

The rhythm of the album is provided primarily by Declan’s acoustic guitar and stomp-board on tracks that for the most part eschew a full drum kit.

“We’ve really come full circle”, says Declan. “When we started, it was Brendan and I writing and recording with a drum box. The 4 Of Us was just two guys and two guitars. This album is a return to that ethos.”

To listen to songs from the new album and hear a few of the classics get yourself along to the Townhouse Bar next month.

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