Fin Furey

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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.

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