THE 4 OF US | Sugar Island
Brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy have been fronting this band since the 80s. This latest sees the band pared back to just the brothers and their acoustic guitars – the original ‘four of us’. The simple, stark arrangements (“We decided no electric guitars and no cymbals,” said Brendan) give a haunting background to tales of growing up in Newry, Co. Down, a town on the border and on edge during The Troubles. Bird’s Eye View, Hometown On The Border and Going South perfectly capture the dark times.
ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE | ALBUM REVIEW – the child’s perspective lends a candour crackling with innocence. There’s no polemic at work here, just a clutch of great songs telling it like it was, performed with an honesty that makes this rather special.
Unflinching snapshots of the Troubles are the genesis of these moving, acoustic driven songs from Newry Brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy. In ‘Bird’s Eye View‘, the ‘sky cracks open’ as ‘the blades come hovering down’, Brendan describing the mayhem from his window, knowing the carnage is just a ‘stone’s throw away’. ‘Going South‘ tells of checkpoints, leaving the parades behind and soldiers with ‘their faces painted green, hiding in the trees’; the child’s perspective lends a candour crackling with innocence. There’s no polemic at work here, just a clutch of great songs telling it like it was, performed with an honesty that makes this rather special.
Brendan and Declan joined Chatty Man Alan Carr yesterday as guests on
The Anton Savage Show, Today FM
LISTEN BACK: 13:16 interview & song (Bird’s Eye View)
Ralph McLean welcomes Newry band The 4 Of Us into the studio to look back on 25 years in the business and look ahead to their new album, Sugar Island.
29 days left to listen HERE
The album gets its first review. Thanks www.folkandtumble.
Apparently Brendan’s mum wasn’t too keen on the line about the cigarette smoke. “My mum was saying – I don’t like that song, it makes me look like a bad mother”
Brendan talks to Culture Hub about the stories behind Sugar Island.
Read full interview here