Four Men and a Dog are widely acknowledged by many as one the best trad bands of their generation. They emerged in 1990 during the Belfast Folk Festival and made a name for themselves with their eclectic and vivacious blend of traditional Irish music with a wide spectrum of other genres, including rap, Southern rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, polka, country swing, and even salsa. “Barking Mad”, their debut album from Cross Border Media, 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.
Aaron “Professor Louie” Hurwitz, Musician/Engineer, and inductee of the South Canadian Blues Hall of Fame & New York Blues Hall of Fame, has been a lifelong fan of two of the band’s earlier albums. He says: ‘listening to their new album reconfirms that they are musically there with the best. A unique chemistry of Musicians that only happens in the deepest musical landscapes. Four Men a Dog for me are a musical truth’.
Aithníonn go leor go bhfuil Four Men and a Dog ar na grúpaí traidisiúnta is fearr den ghlúin seo. Tháinig siad chun cinn in 1990 mar chuid d’Fhéile Ceoil Tíre Bhéal Feirste agus ghnóthaigh siad ainm dóibh féin lena meascán eicléictiúil agus bríomhar de cheol traidisiúnta na hÉireann agus réimse leathan de seánraí eile, lena n-áirítear rapcheol, roc-cheol deisceartach, snagcheol, na gormacha, bluegrass, polcaí, luasc-cheol tíre, agus fiú amháin salsa. Ghnóthaigh an chéad albam s’acu le Cross Border Media “Barking Mad” duais mar Albam na Bliana ón irisleabhar Folk Roots in 1991, an chéad uair riamh a bhain grúpa as Éirinn an duais áirithe sin.
Tá an-dúil le fada an lá ag Aaron “Professor Louie” Hurwitz, Ceoltóir/ Innealtóir, agus ionduchtaí de chuid Dhámhachtain Laochra na nGormacha i gCeanada Theas agus Nua-Eabhra, i ndá albam a d’eisigh an grúpa go luath. Deir sé: ‘listening to their new album reconfirms that they are musically there with the best. A unique chemistry of Musicians that only happens in the deepest musical landscapes. Four Men a Dog for me are a musical truth’.