THE FUREYS will top the bill at Leeds City Varieties on August 29 with a night of Irish music and song.

The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 42 years, with fans including former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul.

Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys’ Green Fields of France, and President Michael D Higgins attended their last concert in National Concert Hall.

The group are renowned for their hit songs I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, The Old Man, Clare To Here, Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway, Leaving Nancy, Steal Away and Red Rose Café.

Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie Furey with teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up while Dave was a teenager.