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Foster and Allen

When:

Sun 16 May 2010, 5:00pm

Where: The Opera House, 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Bored_Housewife

Foster & Allen – Ireland’s most famous and successful duo are returning to New Zealand in May.

These charismatic singers have been performing their unique blend of easy listening and folk music all over the world and their popularity is proven by their record sales. Between them they have sold 19 million records, making them one of Ireland's biggest entertainment exports, in the same league as U2, Enya, Boyzone and The Corrs.

Their 25 albums have included the immensely popular 'The Rambles of Spring', 'A Bunch of Thyme', 'Maggie' and 'After All These Years'. Foster & Allen’s current album release 'sing the Million Sellers' is available now in music stores nationwide, and a new 5CD set '100 Hits Legends' will be released in April.

Formed in 1975, this most famous singing duo in Irish music history began working on the local music circuits of Ireland and England. Soon, with their own special brand of music, the duo became hugely popular. In the first year, Foster & Allen recorded their first single, The Rambles of Spring which was a massive hit on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Tony Allen was born in Mount Temple, Ireland, the youngest of nine children. His family loved music and encouraged Tony's interest in it from a very early age. In 1968, he turned professional, playing guitar and singing on a national level with many well-known Irish bands. He met Mick Foster in 1975 and they joined to form Foster & Allen.

Mick was born in County Kildare and began playing the piano accordion at age 13. In 1964, at 17, he won the first of three All Ireland Accordion Championships.

The Foster & Allen band accompanying them to New Zealand includes Moyra Fraser (keyboards), Ollie Kennedy (bass guitar) and Bryan O’Donnell (guitar).

After 32 years, their popularity continues to flourish and their many fans will be pleased to see them back in New Zealand after a long absence.

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