When i was 18 my sister played an album over and over and over again, you know the type…. Jasus non stop kinda thing.
Well the good thing was it replaced Bowie, Amazing as he is after 2 weeks with a sister playing spiders from mars non stop in the room next door, the homely environment takes on a Japanese prisoner of war camp feel.
So it was a new Irish Band from Newry (northern Ireland but we didn’t seem to mind) called “the 4 of us” Apparently the lead singer was dreamy…. Thank you sister. The name of the album was “songs for the tempted” and pretty much that was that.
A week later we were watching them on MTV, taping top of the pops on the off chance they appeared. The the news came through “the 4 of us” were coming to Cork. So of course dragged was I by my big sister…. Cork City hall, Packed, screaming girls everywhere, lousy acoustics and dodgy dancing.
Every single released since then i own, every album points out a moment in time in my life that i only reserve for films, Ah yes fight club… 1999 new house, new job first camera… that kinda thing.
So I bumped into them a few times around cultural Dublin, just in passing mind, met Brendan (the lead singer) walking around grafton street, I said something like “Jesus love the new album” and he just stopped and had a 10 minute conversation, asked me what i did, wasn’t expecting that…
Met Declan when I was a manager in a restaurant and his wife had been in for dinner, he came to collect her so I asked him did he want a drink or anything… minor meetins im sure that would even register nevermind leave a lasting impression.
Then they played in Vicar street. I was actually working in the worst hotel of my life, I wont mention it as advertising Juries Inn christchurch would be so embarrassing… Opps too late, So sue me. They had obviously lost thier way and stumbled into this Hellish spot for a quick coffee and a quick go through of the set list.
I walked past the table and had to do a double take… weird seeing a band from your youth sitting in the corner of irelands worst hotel. (Ah ok thats a bit harsh … one of Irelands) So i got them coffee and then Declan asked if i wanted to go see the gig. I gibbered, He put my name down on the door and i get free entry. Seat reserved for 4 up at the front of the stage.
(Now i hasten to add they didnt remember me or have a clue who i was, topped up by the fact they had just released the most amazing album of their career “heaven & Earth” and the kicker, My sister had just been in America working on a script for her feature and told me they took some time off and drove route 66 in a convertible with the 4 of us blaring top down and drinkin’ coca cola……. Envy was not the word.)
Went to gig in work clothes hadn’t time to change. Was awesome. Sister jealous!
So you get the idea. I’m a fan.
About a year ago, After id started filming I saw the two brothers were coming to Cork to play an acoustic set (just the 2 of us) I sent them an email to their website and got a reply from Declan wondering why the hell was i offering to film them?
But time went on and sure ’nuff, the two lads played on a soaked flooded cork city night, Terrible turnout half of Corks business were destroyed. about 150 people Brendan & Declan Murphy and In the middle me and my canon Xl2.
That was last year, this year they came back again full packed venue, and they kicked ass. This was one of the songs from second night, Before the gig I had asked Declan if they were going to play Blackbird as id never heard them doing it live but had heard a dodgy mp3 on some website of them do it. Im not even a Beatles fan i just loved this track and hey presto whaddya know,
Ive had the pleasure of filming them several times now, and I’m currently up to my eyes editing raw footage from their last European tour. You’ll find all the links to the videos on their facebook pages and Official website. I havent slept in two days, Goddam i love this video Lark…..
See all songs 16 songs on youtube:
So I Filmed Brendan & Declan Murphy, The 4 of us. Several times over the last couple of years. Here is some of the photos and videos from the gigs.Brendan during this time released an accoustic album, Walk with me. The two videos below are featured on his website
The 4 of Us
The 4 of Us Live in Cyprus Avenue