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Brian Finnegan

Brian Finnegan, from Armagh in the north of Ireland, is widely regarded as one of the true pioneers in Irish music. Front man with the legendary Flook for over 13 years, this maverick flute and tin whistle player has toured the world and recorded three highly acclaimed studio albums, Flatfish, Rubai and Haven, with the band. Collecting awards and a huge fan base wherever they toured, Flook were crowned BBC Band Of The Year 2006.

Brian's music is forged from both his native tradition and from his love of a wider musical tapestry. His traveling and touring in India and  Eastern Europe had a deep and profound affect on his talent as a composer, hinted at early on with the release of his first cd, 'When The Party's Over' in 1993.

In 2008 he was commissioned by The Sage Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne to compose a piece for the opening of 'The Eighth Bridge', a major art installation across the river Tyne. He has toured and recorded with many artistes including Kate Rusby and Cara Dillon, and at Celtic Connections 2008 premiered his northern big band, The Singing Tree; thirteen performers, musicians, singers, poets and dancers, all from the northern counties of Ireland. Tours regularly with Boris Grebenshikov.

'He stands out, in a nation of wonderful flute players, as much more than a technical virtuoso, his playing having the freewheeling lightness of touch and inspired musical understanding that flows into improvisation in real time, at reel speed.'  Norman Chalmers, The List

'This man is a thrilling talent, marvellous technical dexterity, bold musical imagination and urgent tone combining in playing of breathtaking suppleness and delicacy' Scotland on Sunday


 

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