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Monday, December 22, 2008


A nostalgic riverside festive season celebration

Great news for fans in party mode this festive season! Durban’s famous Irish group,

The legendary three-man group have been at the heart of South Africa’s music business for 34 years, livening up parties and other gala events with their own unique style of music, including Irish ballads, foot tapping pub songs, popular ‘newies’ and even the occasional Irish jig.

Comprising three of South Africa’s best loved musicians, Paul and Damien McIlroy and Tony Fisher, The Blarney Brothers established their enduring and endearing name by playing "The Barn" at Durban’s former Athlone Hotel every Wednesday and Friday for 13 years.

Since finishing there in 1991, they have travelled the length and breadth of South Africa and its neighbouring states, often logging up more than 10 000 km a month. The band has also performed internationally with great success in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macau, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Australia and the UK.

Says Blarney Brothers band leader, Paul McIlroy: “Our upcoming season in Durban North this month marks something of a nostalgic return to our old stomping ground. The Riverside Hotel stands exactly where The Athlone was situated, and its Conference Centre occupies the very same spot previously held by The Athlone’s old performance venue, ‘The Barn’, our ‘home’ for so many years”.

While fans will need no introduction to the group, new recruits to The Blarney Brothers’ unique brand of humour and music-making can log onto their website at for full details about their rich performance history, as well as the titles of their CD’s, and other information.

The Blarney Brothers, will appear from December 26 to 30 (inclusive) at The Riverside Hotel’s Conference Centre in Durban North, formerly known as ‘The Barn’ at the old Athlone Hotel, where they performed for many years. Tickets cost R70 for this not-to-be-missed musical reunion. Performances start at 20h00. Book on 031 563 0600, or call George on 084 890 1822.