Two young, enterprising musicians, Finbar and Eddie Furey, started performing Irish folk songs when they were just nine-years-old, busking on trains when they went to football matches or the race course.

Finbar was given a bag and chanter, a half set of pipes, when he was 13-years-old and he went on to win the All Ireland junior championships for pipes. The haunting melodies from his pipes form the backbone of The Furey’s hit singles When You Were Sweet Sixteen which reached number 14 in the UK singles charts and number one in Ireland and The Green FIelds Of France which scored another top spot in Ireland.

The band of brothers, which by the 1970s included George and Paul, would call in father Ted on fiddle and good friend Davey Arthur for various concerts and they became a well known name on the folk circuit.

Today the band are called The Fureys and Davey Arthur and they are heading for Swindon to play a concert of old favourites and tracks from their new album Songs Through The Years. The gig is from 7.30pm on Tuesday May 15 at the Wyvern Theatre and tickets are £18.50 from 01793 524481.