ST Patrick's Day in the company of Ireland's much loved legends - The Fureys ... now that's a real coup for the Floral.

There were plenty of Irish eyes smiling in the sell-out audience.

This was a warm, lively, thoughtful and joyous two and half hours with a break, of course, for tea (or something a wee bit stronger).

George and Eddie Furey and three superb musicians treated fans to the hits and so much more from a career spanning forty years.

When you were sweet sixteen was spine-tingly beautiful alongside the equally poignant Steal away.

The Fureys are a famous family and paid tribute to their dad in The old man and brother Paul in This one's for you.

The songs are always from the heart - touching and sentimental and they hit home every time.

There were plenty of roaring instrumentals and lovely anecdotes of touring across the world.

A tale about meeting Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty in Glasgow during the '60s leads to a performance of the latter's Your father didn't like me anyway.

They always give 100 per cent whether in Carnegie Hall in New York or a pub in Dublin.

The Fureys are also renowned for their cover versions of classics.

In their current set list you can hear Gordon Lightfoot's Early morning rain and Ralph McTell's Streets of London.

They spoke warmly of playing the Pavilion in the past and praised New Brighton's pubs.

The Fureys always create an easy-going intimacy and atmosphere.

A concert is like a family gathering.

They invited the wide- aged group audience to sing along to The Leaving of Liverpool and Liverpool Lou.

An emotional Green fields of France sealed an evening that had something for everyone.

This was a 40th anniversary concert visit from the Irish masters of their craft ... to be sure.

Emerald Entertainment - five stars.

The Fureys are currently on tour, with dates in Southport and Liverpool to come.

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