Irish folk legend Finbar Furey has announced the UK release of his new album ‘Don’t Stop This Now’ on March 30th, 2018 via BMG UK which is accompanied by UK & Ireland tour dates (see below). The album was originally released in Ireland as ‘Paddy Dear’ and has been repackaged for the UK to include new tracks and a DVD live concert filmed at Vicar St, Dublin in May 2017. Watch him performing Sweet Liberty of Life below in which he sings about freedom and peace. It’s also our Song of the Day.
‘Finbar Furey proves that he is not just a massive force in Irish music’s heritage, he is a massive force in shaping its future as well’ – Shane MacGowan
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, storyteller and actor, Finbar is truly a Renaissance Man. Celebrated around the world as one of the great folk icons, Finbar’s playing was recognised by John Peel when in 1972, he and his brother Eddie were awarded Single of The Year for the original sound of the pipes and the whistles. At the forefront of musical change, Finbar’s successful career and extensive touring introduced a whole new audience to his music and instruments, and he advocated for changes to allow pipes to become more accessible to young musicians.
‘Don’t Stop This Now’ follows on from his successful albums, The Slender Promise 2015, an instrumental CD of pipes & flute, and 2013’s ‘Colours’ which reached Number 1 in Ireland with the beautiful ‘Last Great Love Song’. In 2014 Finbar was honoured by the City of Dublin, Lord Mayor Christy Burke praising him for “Bringing life and laughter to many homes in Ireland”.
‘Finbar Furey, even his name sings defiantly. It’s worth living long enough to hear that defiance and wisdom deepen, soften, yet never bend. It’s so great to see him. Whenever I do I’m reminded of the promise I made to myself: stay the road, stay true to yourself and your song. This man has it in spades’.
– Glen Hansard
Pre-Order it now via his Pledge Music page here: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/finbar-furey-dont-stop-this-now