Formed in Newry in the late 1980s by brothers Brendan, Declan and Paul Murphy, The 4 Of Us appeared out of nowhere with the huge radio hit and their trademark song Mary taken from their debut album Songs For the Tempted in 1989, which helped them sweep the boards at the following year’s Hot Press awards.
Brendan wrote the song about an older girl in his secondary school that he had a major crush on.
It turned out that this girl, Mary, had a 25-year-old DJ boyfriend. Knowing that he didn’t stand a chance, he decided to get his own back by writing this song pretending that Mary’s boyfriend was abusive. The band virtually disappeared between ‘93 and ‘99 due to what can only describe as “teething problems”.
Brendan and Declan are now back on the road for a tour of Ireland’s more intimate venues to perform a full set of the band’s music from their 5 albums released over the last 20 years, including The Source in Thurles on August 24.
. The interest in the band was re-ignited recently when a Today FM poll voted ‘Sunlight’ as one of the Top 5 Irish singles of all time.
In the topsy turvy world of music where styles and trends have a life-span shorter than the freshness quotient of a pint of milk, The 4 of Us stand the test of time. Join us for a nostalgic trip through their hits from the early nineties and some more! The band is playing as part of an amazing line-up of events over the 23, 24 and 25 August for The Ryan Gathering, Thurles.