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Wednesday, December 12, 2012


If you’re Irish, come into the parlour… Well, even if you’re not, get down to The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway on December 16 to celebrate the Day of Reconciliation with Durban’s legendary Irish band, the Blarney Brothers.

With the Blarney Brothers you 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. 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 Paddy On The Railway, Running Bear, Drunken Sailor, Wild Rover, Jerusalem, Murshin Durkin, I Am Your Music Man, The Leaving Of Liverpool, Whiskey In The Jar, Danny Boy, and Ireland’s Call.

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. 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.