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Finbar Furey


Sun 17 Mar 2013, 4:00pm

Where: Darwin Entertainment Centre, 93 Mitchell Street, Darwin City, Northern Territory

Restrictions: All Ages

St. Patrick's Day is a great day for the Irish, and a great day for Darwin!

Enchantment is what will you find at The Centre this St Pat’s with the indomitable Irish talent of Finbar Furey.

Finbar first leapt to prominence as member of the legendary band The Fureys whose many worldwide hits include "When You Were Sweet Sixteen".

Known as the ‘Prince of Pipers’, having won every known uilleann pipe title, including three All-Ireland Championships, this accomplished singer/songwriter/banjoist/guitarist/flautist/tin whistler has been charming audiences solo since the 90s.

He was awarded Irish Music Magazine's "Album of the Year" for "Chasing Moonlight" and his latest album “Colours…” is Finbar’s fifth solo album and includes a mix of brand new compositions such as “The Dark Side Of The World” (a duet with UK X-Factor winner Shayne Ward) & “Walking With My Love” (a duet with Mary Black), along with his take on such classics as Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind” and traditional favourites “Dan O’Hara” & “Waltzing Matilda”.

Finbar popularised the pipes worldwide while on tour with his brother Eddie. Many bands followed in their wake. The duo were awarded best Single of the Year by John Peel entirely because of the unique sound the uilleann pipes and whistle made. They received many other accolades because they were the spearhead of Irish contemporary music at that time. They brought a new Irish hipness to a worldwide audience and blended their music into a kind of "world" and popular music.

It became once again, the music of youth and revolution, a means of dealing with political and social problems which the world faced in that, it was a way for 'common folk', to stand together against real world injustices, such as pollution and abuses of government power.

The illumination they brought to a generation cannot be overstated. Subsequently of course the format was used everywhere from Planxty to River Dance, Braveheart to Hailey Westenra. The name Furey has become part of Irelands musical history. 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 to pursue his solo career. and to present his definitive one-man show. He wanted to explore new pastures as a singer, producer and writer. Since making this decision Finbar's reputation has increased with every performance.

He has also forged an impressive career in films and appeared in Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs Of New York” and “Paris Sexy” . He recently appeared as the featured guest on RTE’s Gay Byrne Show and has had a documentary made covering his life and career.

One hundred thousand welcomes to ye!