I was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, but didn’t win: Fionn Regan
Fionn Regan is a singersongwriter from Bray, Co Wicklow. In the past year, he has played around the world, from Stradbally to San Francisco. His 2006 album The End of History was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize. Here’s his take on the year. It explains everything. Well, sort of Highlight/headlight: Within a year, we saw the chapters we dreamed of in the ditch assembled in the open. Lowlight/dynamo light: As Charles Bukowski said: “There may not be a lot of light but it sure beats the darkness”, which mirrors a saying I heard at home recently: “You can curse the dark or strike a match.” If you are up a staircase and the staircase subsides, stay there. A glowing platform will present itself. Mercury Prize: I found out the news of nomination by carrier pigeon. I felt like a lighthouse keeper at a wedding; the image-capturing devices, jumping through flashbulb hoops. The Mercury Prize is like a drawbridge across a moat. It gives you a stage, points a flashlight at you, and when it hits you, you have to be prepared to waltz. On the night, I arrived by rope ladder and left through a trapdoor. Touring: The sails take a glorious hammering, but to stay in the har- bour is to sleep with the looming threat of rust.
We have travelled the world almost non-stop this year, sometimes digging tunnels with a teaspoon, navigating corners in a wheelbarrow, balanced on a shoestring, then finally we moved from blankets on floorboards to eiderdown on mattress springs and were met by open-armed rooms singing word for word. We gave it gale force, full cylinder, raised the roof beams, they came into the storm with us.