One of the most ferocious and exciting Irish super groups on the planet, Four Men and A Dog combine the talents of five of Ireland’s most exhilarating musicians. Blending vivacious high energy Irish ‘trad’ with Southern rock, rap, jazz, blues, bluegrass, polka, country, swing and even salsa, their live shows are a fast and infectious, furious musical force.
Four Men and a Dog made their debut performance as a band in Murphy’s Bar, Dungiven, in 1990 before going on to steal the show at the Belfast Folk Festival later that year, with a high-energy approach that combines furious traditional dance tunes with irreverent new music and inimitable covers.
Barking Mad, their debut album, snagged an award for Album of the Year from Folk Roots magazine in 1991, marking the first time that an Irish group had ever won the prize.
From then on, the band went from strength to strength, loved for the spontaneity of their live shows. The band are: percussionist Gino Lupari, accordionist Donal Murphy, banjoist Gerry O’Connor, fiddler Cathal Hayden and, Kevin Doherty as lead singer.
‘Once again, “The Dogs” are off the leash and still out there with the very best. What’s more, they’re getting better.’ – IRISH TIMES
Venue: Black Box
Doors: 2.30pm | Unreserved Seating