Finbar Furey has left his mark on music in Ireland for 40 years and Finbar deservedly, grabbed the Number 1 spot in the Irish Charts with the beautifully written ‘Last Great Love Song’. He plays Langton’s ballroom on Sunday night.
Written by Gerry Fleming, it was the winning song from the RTE series, THE HIT. This is Finbar’s first Number 1 hit in 30 years, since 1983, where he and his brothers graced us with ‘Sweet Sixteen’.
As the lead singer, banjo and uillean pipes player for The Fureys, a group he shared with his brothers Eddie, Paul and George he helped to guide the evolution of Ireland’s traditional music. Since leaving the band to pursue a solo career in 1995, Furey has continued to attract attention with his gutsy approach to the music of the Emerald Isle.
Joining up as a duo with his brother Eddie in the late 60’s, they played in folk music clubs and universities throughout Britain and Europe. One formative change came when they were invited to be the opening act for the Clancy Brothers’ tour of the United States in 1969. The enthusiastic response they elicited resulted in them becoming headliners.
Finbar is multi-talented with his role in ‘Gangs of New York’ and the Scottish short film ‘Paris/Sexy’and in ‘Love/Hate’. This night will be, as ever, a fantastic night packed with lots of music, songs, passion and fun! Tickets are on sale now from Langton’s Hotel, Rollercoaster Records and www.set.ie. Doors: 8pm. Tickets: €26.