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About Davey Arthur

Born in Donegal, Davey Arthur began playing music at the age of eight and is one of Ireland's most successful artists, who has thrilled and moved audiences all over the world with his spirit, soul and expertise. He has over 40 compositions to his credit - many of which have been recorded or covered by some of the biggest names in Irish music today.

Davey found success in 1979 when The Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur became one of the biggest folk acts ever to come out of Ireland with a string of hits which was only starting with the release of international chart-toppers The Green Fields Of France and When You Were Sweet Sixteen...

In 1992, Davey left the Fureys to pursue a solo career and to work with many of the musicians he admires. Band members are chosen from a pool of Irish traditional talent and have included Mike Galvin and Tadhg Twomey.

Davey Arthur has been recognised by his peers as one of Ireland's brightest and most enduring musical exports - and is admired amongst his fellows for the matchless skill with which he plays his chosen instruments... most especially the tenor banjo.

In 1999 Davey was honoured with a place in the Irish Music Hall of Fame in Dublin, alongside such other illustrious artists as U2, Sinead O'Connor, The Corrs, The Chieftains, Da Dannan and Clannad. It was an accolade many considered to have been long overdue.

He has guested on numerous television programmes, including The Late, Late Show, and has also been acclaimed as a raconteur - reflecting the rare gift for storytelling so evident in many of his compositions.