COMING TO LISMORE: Foster & Allen bringing all the hits back to our shores.
COMING TO LISMORE: Foster & Allen bringing all the hits back to our shores. Nigel Schermuly

Four decades and not a single fight

NOT a single argument has occurred in the more than four decades Irish folk duo Foster & Allen have toured the world together.

At least that’s according to Mick Foster who first started performing with Tony Allen in 1975 as Foster & Allen.

“There’s no competition between us and I think that’s a major, major thing,” Foster said.

“We kind of made a pact, we didn’t consciously do it, but we decided years and years ago … there would be no argument or discussion unless both of us agreed 100% on what we were doing, it was just thrown out.”

Dubbed Ireland’s most famous and successful duo, the pair will be returning to our shores once again for a concert tour that includes a performance at the Workers Club in Lismore.

Between their 27 albums, Foster and Allen have sold 20 million records, making them one of Ireland’s biggest entertainment exports, in the same league as U2, Enya, Boyzone and The Corrs.

Despite their incredible success, Foster said it was not something they had ever planned for, or dared anticipate.

“That never occurred to us at any stage because we set out to do it in Ireland only,” he said.

“The plan was that we would play and be successful enough in Ireland that we didn’t have to do a day job as well as playing music.

“Within two years of starting, we had gone professional.

“And then, of course in the early 80s, A Bunch of Thyme became a top 20 hit in the UK.

“And then in 83 Maggie went to number one for five weeks in both Australia and New Zealand.”

The 2016 Australia tour will mark the pair’s 19th trip to Australia.

When asked how a country with roughly the same size population as Sydney creates so many world-class musicians, Foster said it was because Ireland was full of musicians.

“Every mile of the road in Ireland there’s a musician living and a lot of them are a lot better than the professionals,” he said.

“But they just do it for fun and enjoyment and there’s no way that they would travel.”

The Lismore show will include all the hits, like The Rambles of Spring, A Bunch of Thyme, Maggie and After All These Years as well as tracks off their latest album.

Foster & Allen will be performing will be performing at the Lismore Workers Club on Wednesday May 25 from 7pm. Tickets are $52.90. Book at the club 6621 7401 or online www.lismoreworkers.com.au.



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