Both came from musical families and had started playing instruments at an early age. Tony Allen's family loved music and encouraged Tony's interest in it from a young age. In 1968, he turned professional, playing guitar and singing on a national level with many well-known Irish bands. While Mick Foster began playing the piano accordion at age 13. In 1964, at 17, he won the first of three All Ireland Accordion Championships.
Upon meeting they had the idea of playing "easy listening" music with a touch of traditional Irish instruments, and in 1975 the famous duo were formed.
They began working the local music circuits of Ireland and England and their reputation grew and grew. They recorded their first single 'The Rambles of Spring', on the CMR record label, owned by Donie Cassidy, with whom Mick and Tony have recorded with up to the present day.
Their second hit, ‘A Bunch Of Thyme’ was recorded and topped the Irish charts in 1978. It wasn't until 1982 that the single was released in the UK where it received huge airplay and their number 18 chart placing meant a prestigious Top of the Pops appearance.
They did their first concert tour of the UK in 1983 and this tour was boosted even more by the release of another huge hit, ‘Maggie’. In addition to tour of Ireland and the UK, Mick and Tony have toured the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania. They have even had their own television show on RTÉ, the Irish national television station.
Foster and Allen, supported by a very talented line up of musicians, produce the unique "easy listening" sound which has make them so famous world-wide. In 1996, the duo made their US debut with their single ‘After All These Years’, and phenomenal listener response drove continuous airplay across the country. Their popularity has continued to flourish and fans often travel long distances to catch their shows as they tour the country.
Over the years, Foster and Allen have released over twenty-four albums, including 18 Gold Award-winning albums, and eleven videos, all which have charted in many different countries. This remarkable duo have a musical pedigree that is unsurpassed and Mick Foster and Tony Allen’s careers have lasted more than 30 years and they’re still going strong, with album sales in excess of 18 million. Their new show combines their beautiful melodies from past albums with material from their latest album ‘Foster and Allen sing the Million Sellers’.
“The Beautiful melodies of Foster and Allen have made them a phenomenal success all over the world. Since their first hit record in 1978, they have gone on to record 20 gold award winning albums and tour the world extensively many times”