When it comes to Fin Furey’s origin story, the clue is in the name. Son of legendary folk musician Finbar, Fin knew all about writing and performing from an early age.
“There’s pictures of me as an infant,” he notes, “where I’m backstage wrapped up in a guitar case and blanket, while my dad is onstage.”
Fin is now keen to put that experience to use by making his name as a solo act. Based in Canada, he still incorporates folk elements into his music, though he’s reluctant to pigeonhole himself.
“The music that I play is definitely different,” he says. ”It’s not traditional Irish – it’s more Irish folk with a lot of blues elements. I don’t like to put a title on my own music. People ask me what type of music I play, and I don’t know… Words can’t do sound justice – only sound itself can. It’s subjective and in the ear of the beholder.”
Fin’s upcoming EP These Streets tackles a wide array of subjects, ranging from pivotal moments in Irish history to the singer’s own personal relationships.
“I try to write songs that are true to my own experience,” he says.
“It’s the same stuff people have experienced throughout the ages, up to the present day. I talk about everything from mental health to just going on the session and having fun.”
As well as doing several shows in Canada in support of the EP’s release, you can catch Fin Furey live when he returns home next summer to tour Ireland – and he also has ambitions to release an album at the tail end of the year. These Streets is released on November 1.