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Foster and Allen are a musical duo from Ireland consisting of Mick Foster and Tony Allen.

Foster & Allen began back in the seventies when Mick and Tony were playing in Country Music bands around Ireland. In 1975 they formed a small group and went over to the UK to work the Irish music venues on a short tour.

Mick & Tony had at this stage the idea of working together as a duo, playing ‘easy listening’ music with a touch of traditional Irish instrumentals. When their UK tour finished they decided to let the band return to Ireland whilst they stayed behind to try and break into the public eye. They played several venues in the London area and the reaction was very favourable; so much so, they decided to remain as a duo and Foster and Allen was formed.

It was difficult at the beginning and after a time working around the circuit in the UK and Ireland, they released their first single record The Rambles of Spring. This made a good impact on the Irish market and Foster and Allen were soon in demand for cabaret venues all over Ireland and to a lesser extent the UK At the end of 1978 Foster and Allen released the single A Bunch Of Thyme in Ireland, which entered the Irish charts and became their first top-selling No. 1 single.

It was not until 1982 that this single was released in the UK. It was played by all the radio stations in Britain and was soon in the pop charts. It climbed rapidly to number 18 in the UK Singles Chart. At the time, Mick & Tony were in the U.S. on a tour. They were contacted and told to fly back to Britain immediately as they were required to appear on television’s Top of the Pops.


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  • mac4175

    the working man

    17 Oct 5:11pm Reply
  • keresaspa

    Pretty much as naff as you can get in all honesty but every so often they put out the odd surprise corker.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • BeckyLovesDelta

    beautiful! really calming and romantic

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • kboose

    As a devout metal fan, I should be ashamed of myself for listening to this, but I've had way too many fond memories with my family and F&A's "Ireland" album. Rather enjoyable music tbqh.

    22 Dec 2008 Reply
  • niki5773

    Memories of my mum x

    30 Jul 2008 Reply

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