“HIS PLAINTIVE VOICE AND BEAUTIFUL HEARTFELT LYRICS MARK HIM OUT AS A TALENTED SINGER-SONGWRITER IN HIS OWN RIGHT, AND ONE WHO IS FAST MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF.” – SUNDAY WORLD
A story-telling songwriter, Fin Furey explores a wide range of themes that represent the wavering tightrope of society in recent years; from protest and liberation to dark and difficult love and comical revelations of the cynical.
In his new EP, A Song Beyond The Grave (released in May), he showcases a variety of textures in his voice, starting with a velvety-smooth baritone that delivers epic power ballads to vocals soaring in boisterous folk idioms akin to that of the greats that came before him. Entwined with a commercial layer, his music is anecdotal and appealing to the mainstream.
The intimacy and personal nature of Fin Furey’s live performances blur the lines between a live concert and the intimacy of a late-night pub lock-in sing song. A dark sense of humour underpins his lyrics as he picks the melody from his guitar and shares his inspirations and storylines.
The unique sound of his music is a fusion of folk/blues and cinematic new-age traditional adult contemporary music with a mainstream appeal. His genesis is from a musical family, where the passion for the craft has been passed down through successive generations. Fin grew up “among anarchy and harmony”, describing how music “put food on the table and clothing on our backs”.
Fin comments on what folk music means to him:
“Folk music to me is a musical depiction of modern times. Society’s frustrations are channeled through a melody and a backing rhythm that gets your feet tapping and your body moving.
I found inspiration in songs like John Lennon – Imagine, Dylan’s – Masters of War , and even delving into the soul with songs like Nina Simone’s – Sinner man or Ray Charles – Georgia You’ve Been on My Mind. I’d have to mention reggae also, with Bob Marley’s – Concrete Jungle & Corner Stone.. to name a few”.
Growing up in the era he did, the access to music was endless and immediate. On the same playlist he’d have songs from incredible lyricists like Immortal Technique and Tupac Shakur, then brain-tingling orchestral arrangements from James Horner and Howard L. Shore , then onto some face-melting rhythms from Irish trad or Brazilian hand drumming to deep techno, rock, .. and the list is endless, and ever-evolving!
Above all, the music that hits hardest and has always resonated with Fin the most is the music he was raised with; ‘storytelling’ songs. Songs of a turning tide, from despair and heartache to triumphant liberation shared communally.
“To me, that’s the greatest power of music, communal catharsis. It’s been said for generations in my family, “use music to bring people together, to heal, not to separate or create a divide”.
Two locations were used for the recording of Fire & Blood; one was a side room in the house of a friend in Portmarnock, Co Dublin (80’s music legend Peter Eades), and a caravan in Roscommon was used to record the strings separately.
This year will be a busy one for Fin Furey with the release of his highly anticipated single, Fire & Blood (Fri, March 3rd), followed by an EP in June and his debut album at the end of the year.
Social Media Links:
Linktree – https://www.linktr.ee/finfurey
Website – https://www.finfureymusic.com/
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