Finbar Furey tours extensively, bringing his rare
talents to a world-wide stage and treats audiences to evenings of pure
Irish magic, great music, good humour, and the charm and sparkling wit
associated with one of Ireland’s great raconteurs.
He comes from a
unique pedigree – an all Ireland Uillean Pipe Champion and whistle
player, singer/songwriter as well as playing 5-string banjo, and guitar.
Finbar has been round the block many times with brother Eddie,
recording for Transatlantic records in the 60′s and achieving fame as
lead singer/ frontman of The Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur.Now
he works solo, which balancing his folk roots with songs such as now
and forever to his voice such as ‘New York Girls’ which was his
handlebar moustache swinging contribution to Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of
New York ……
In 1972 John Peel gave Finbar, along with his brother
Eddie, their big break by voting them act of the year.Their music was
phenomenal because it was a new sound – Irish (Uillean) Pipes with
Guitar and voice, which up till then had not been done.)
of course the format was used everywhere from Planxty to Rver Dance,
Braveheart to Hailey Westenra. It was modern music, with an ancient
The music came from the Irish Gypsy community and when it met the
psychedelic era, a new sound was born.
When the younger brothers
Paul and George joined the fold, several years later, success and appeal
remained as strong as ever and The Fureys soon reaped their reward and
enjoyed a string of best selling records all over the world. These gems,
with Finbar as lead singer of the Fureys, included When You Were Sweet
Sixteen, Leaving Nancy, Tara Hill, Green Fields of France, Red Rose Cafe
and The Lonesome Boatman. These were released alongside such albums as
Sweet Sixteen, Golden Days, the End of the Day, Claddagh Road and Winds
of Change. In Britain, they became one of the first Irish folk groups
to play on Top of the Pops.
In 1993, with The Fureys at the height
of their international popularity and after nearly thirty years as the
group’s front man, Finbar decided the time was right to take a break
(for the time being at least). It was the ideal climate in which to step
aside and pursue his solo career, to present his definitive one-man
show and to explore new pastures as a singer, producer and writer. Since
making his decision to step aside, Finbar’s reputation has increased
with every performance.
Venue: INEC Acoustic Club