A past pupil of the fabled institution, The Armagh Piper’s Club, Brian Finnegan’s music is forged from the tradition he grew up in, and his fearlessly inventive approach to composition and arrangement.
He has recorded three solo albums and his seminal 2010, ‘The Ravishing Genius Of Bones’, won him a nomination for ‘Musician Of The Year’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award’s and Live Ireland, ‘Musician Of The Year’ in the US.
Frontman with the dazzling group Flook for more than 25 years and collecting awards and a huge fan base wherever they toured, Flook charged back to the top table in 2019 after a 4 year hiatus with the release of their 4th studio album ‘Ancora’.
As a soloist, he is a celebrated composer, collaborator and producer and has toured and recorded with artists as diverse as KAN, Cara Dillon, Boris Grebenshikov, Anoushka Shankar, Bebel Gilberto and most recently with Ed Sheeran on his Divide album.
In March/April 2020, he created his most expansive and ambitious collection of work to date. Featuring a genre crossing cast of 24 musicians, and recorded remotely in home studios around the world; ‘Flow, In The Year Of Wu Wei’ is the first single from ‘Hunger Of The Skin’, it was released in June 2020 and was nominated for the RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards 2020, ‘Best Original Track’. Following on from the release of ‘Hunger of the Skin’ in March 2021, Brian has reunited with a select inner circle of guests from his new album in a bold and thrilling new union to form The Hunger Of The Skin Band.
Seán Óg Graham on guitar
Liam Bradley on drums/percussion
Danny Bert on percussion/drums
Conor McCreanor on bass
Patsy Reid on strings
‘Irish Traditional Music like we’ve never heard it before, just astonishing. A musician of global importance.’ ~BBC Radio Ulster
A quite stunning album.’ ~ The Irish News
‘It sweeps in like the wind off the desert! Candidate for Album Of The Year’ ~ Rock and Reel Magazine *****
‘Scintillating!’ Top Of The World Album ~ Songlines Magazine ****
‘Throughout there is an urgency to it, sometimes at the forefront, sometimes below the surface, but always present, imploring us to remember our humanity, in death as well as life. A thing of beauty.’ ***** ~ Boston Irish