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Friday, September 21, 2012


(Tony Fisher with Paul and Damien McIlroy)

Durban’s own Irish music-makers, the Blarney Brothers, will be throwing a Blarney Party at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway on September 23 to get everyone in the mood for Heritage Day. 

With the Blarney Brothers, audiences can be sure 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. 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 foot-tapping pub songs, popular newies and the occasional Irish jig. Audiences can expect to hear their favourite party songs such as Running Bear, Drunken Sailor, Wild Rover, Jerusalem, Superman, I Am Your Music Man, The Leaving of Liverpool, Simple Simon, Whiskey In The Jar, Birdie Song, Speedy Gonzales and Knees Up Mother Brown. 

It is a tribute to their popularity that 30 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 Blarney Brothers established their enduring and endearing name by playing at "The Barn" at The Athlone Hotel, Durban every Wednesday and Friday for 13 years, so it seems like a fitting tribute to have them performing back at The Barnyard after a sold-out St Patrick’s Party. 

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, penny whistle and flute; while Damien is on lead guitar and vocals. 

The theatre will open at 18h00, the show will start at 19h30 and tickets are R100 per person. For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045, e-mail or visit for more information.