Folk favourites Foster & Allen play at the Derngate

Foster & Allen have recorded more than 30 albums

Foster & Allen have recorded more than 30 albums

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Irish folk duo Foster & Allen are out on the road celebrating four decades of playing together and bring their tour to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate next week.

During their career, the pair have played across the world and this tour sees Mick Foster and Tony Allen marking more than 40 years playing together, along with the release of their latest album Celebration.

Audiences can expect the pair to play all of their hit Celtic tunes including Everything Is Beautiful, One Day At A Time, Amazing Grace, A Bunch Of Thyme, Maggie and many more.

The story of Foster & Allen began in the 1970 when they were playing in country music bands around Ireland.

In 1975 they got together a small group and toured across the UK.

They had the idea of working together as a duo, playing ‘easy listening’ music with a touch of traditional Irish instrumentals.

When their tour finished they let the band return to Ireland and stayed behind continue as a duo.

At the end of 1978 the pair released the single A Bunch Of Thyme in Ireland.

It entered the Irish charts and became their first top- selling number once single, and it stayed in the charts for 40 consecutive weeks, re-entering for a further 13 weeks.

It was subsequently released in the UK with a Top Of The Pops performance following which also helped the band reach an even bigger audience.

Although in the early days they played as a duo, since 1982 they added a band to their show to expand their sound.

Foster & Allen have recorded more than 30 albums, all of which have entered the UK charts as well 13 DVDs.

The duo return to the Royal stage on Friday, November 11.

Doors open at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost £21 before fees and are available by calling 01604 624811 or online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk.

A transaction fee of £3 applied to bookings of £15 and over. Exclusions apply.