Our newest artist in the spotlight is Dundalk based artist Finnian.
Finnian started his musical career as a folk based singer/songwriter known best for his strong and dynamic vocals. He has been praised by peers in the industry and audiences throughout Ireland and Europe for his honest, clever and thought provoking lyrics. And, despite the fact that playing as a solo acoustic-based artist is something which has earned him critical acclaim, in recent times Finnian has decided to add another dynamic to his music. Just over a year ago he put together a band of greatly accomplished musicians in their own right and submerged himself in the hunt for a new sound. Something that would merge lyrics and music more consistently.
He has today released his new album ‘Under The Influence’, which is an introduction to the wider world, to an artist that many have already latched on to. ‘Under the Influence’ is the culmination of 2 years of work which has been honed into one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Already praised for his lyrics, ‘Under the Influence’ marries this lyrical prowess with a musicality that few in the genre can claim to possess. His beginnings as a folk based songwriter have now truly evolved into a fresh interpretation of the genre but also Finnian’s established standing within it.
‘Under the Influence’ was recorded directly to tape in Black Mountain studios under the guidance of Producer Peter Baldwin and Grammy Award Winning engineer Ben Kane. It also sees him collaborate with some of Ireland’s finest talent including Jess Kav of Barq and Booka Brass to name but a few. While the process mirrors the validity of the forgotten vulnerable approach of creativity, it also rejects any of the short cuts now accepted within modern music. Each of its nine tracks crafted to express a stand alone expression of real human emotion and carved from his own experience. It is a work that effortlessly displays the vitality of his critically acclaimed live performances this year with David Keenan and many others.
You can give Finnian’s new album ‘Under The Influence’ a listen on Spotify here!