Sept. 27, 2012
-- Get to The Underberg Agricultural Show to sing, dance and laugh with the legendary Irish band, the Blarney Brothers on Saturday evening 29 September. With the Blarney Brothers, audiences can be assured of a great big, foot-stomping, sing-along party. Perhaps it is just because they simply play for the audience, making music they know everyone will love. But, this is certainly helped along with a liberal flavouring of genuine Irish Blarney and humour, because the Blarney Brothers are as Irish as shamrock and poteen. Their music is a mixture of Irish ballads, foot-tapping pub songs, popular newies and the occasional Irish jig. Audiences can expect to hear a mix of favourites such as Running Bear, Drunken Sailor, Wild Rover, Jerusalem, I Am Your Music Man, The Leaving of Liverpool, Simple Simon, Whiskey In The Jar, Danny Boy, Knees Up Mother Brown and Ireland’s Call . It is a tribute to their popularity that 38 years after their first performance at the Astra Hotel in Durban, they are still one of South Africa’s top five acts. In fact, their history goes back even further as they served their musical apprenticeship playing in the Irish showbands for ten years before arriving on South African soil.
The band’s Paul and Damien McIlroy and Tony Fisher are all fine vocalists and very musically talented. Paul is the leader of the group, also playing the keyboards, banjo and guitar; Tony plays the fiddle, bass guitar, mandolin, pennywhistle and flute; while Damien is on lead guitar and vocals.