What's it about?
The 4 Of Us shot to early fame towards the end of 1989 with their debut Songs for the Tempted, which featured the massive hits Mary and Drag My Bad Name Down. The follow up Man Alive made Q magazine's prestigious Top 50 Albums of 1992 and included the UK Top 30 song She Hits Me.
‘Sugar Island’, their latest album, explores the brothers' early years growing up in Northern Ireland; musically, it focuses on the trademark interplay of their acoustic guitars. As singer Brendan recalls: ’It was a dark time for sure, but as kids we still managed to have a lot of fun. Everyone who lived through that time has their own stories to tell; we thought we’d share some of ours.’ http://the4ofus.com/
IRISH TIMES ALBUM REVIEW 4/5
Border boys in troubled times ... Rational, perceptive pop/folk of the highest order
Supported by Al Black -
'Top-quality, lyrically probing, hook-laden songwriting...uncanny knack for hitting the nail on the head'
Rock and Reel Magazine
Al Black's solo acoustic performances are recognised for their energy and emotion. His songwriting is inspired by human conditions such as fear, apathy, love, faith and pretence and described by Martyn Joseph as 'heartfelt and passionate'. His debut EP 'Proof of Life?' received very positive reviews with all of the singles receiving consisitent air play on BBC Radio. Al returns to the Braid to promote a new collection of songs entitled 'Sunshine Through Dirty Windows' inspired by contrasting life's darker subjects with hope.