with Billy Robinson, Seamus Devenny, Kate O’Callaghan & Gary Raymond.
Hotpress: Pick Of The Fortnight: Skyscrapers (Feb 9, 2012) “The title track is a beguiling song about selling skyscrapers underpinned by a stomping riff that takes it beyond the norm for Irish acoustic based albums….
Doherty has a winning way with a lyric that gives his material an appealing depth.” – Jackie Hayden, Hotpress February, 2012
“…It fuses elements of folk and indie rock from both sides of the Atlantic, on introspective songs that embrace brevity as a rule of thumb except on the bluesy Don’t break up. One song even bizarrely namechecks English soccer team West Bromwich Albion in its title.” – The Irish Daily Star August, 2011
Finbarr Doherty is based in Inishowen, Co. Donegal, returning there after 7 years in the US. He collaborated with Campbell Owens (Glasgow/Aztec Camera) co-producer of ‘Across the Water’, and with Jim Sampas, (Boston/Reimagine Music) who produced the album ‘Garbage, Drama, Fantasy’ at Fort Apache Studios in Boston.
Launched July 2011 as part of the Galway Arts Festival and the Earagail Arts Festival his new album ‘Skyscrapers’ was performed alongside Boston-based band Session Americana. The songs cover topics from selling skyscrapers to leaving behind a broken heart on a cheap Spanish holiday. He was invited back this year by Earagail to perform new work.
Previous recordings include:
‘Across the Water’ – a collection of songs inspired by the book ‘The Last Of The Name’, an oral history of Inishowen, Donegal. The album takes concepts from the book based on the memories of Charles McGlinchey documented by Patrick Kavanagh, and edited by Brian Friel.
‘Garbage Drama Fantasy’, released in the US, where he was based for seven years.
During his time in the States he collaborated in an album with other Boston based musicians ‘One Night in Cambridge’ www.cdbaby.com/cd/bostonsong, including artists such as Mary Gauthier, Ry Cavanaugh and Kris Delmhorst. His earlier music career saw him as lead singer/composer with the 33rd Hurricane (See Fanning Sessions). CDs included ‘Shotgun Blast’, distributed by EMI. Also during this time released a five track EP ‘What’s That Noise’
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).