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Album Review: Fionn Regan – 100 Acres of Sycamore

 
By on Wednesday, 1st February 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Fionn Regan is so much more than your typical Irish troubadour. He’s developed his music into a beautiful thing that swirls through your head and wraps around your body like a warm jumper you forgot you had. The layers of each song deepen and showcase the lyrical talent of this mop-headed singer/songwriter. The graceful guitar, poignant piano and understated orchestration gorgeously support Regan’s poetic lyrics.

While ‘100 Acres of Sycamore’ harkens back to the more acoustic sound of his 2006 Mercury Prize nominated debut album ‘The End of History’, this album is infinitely richer in all aspects. The title track opens the album with an elegant bit of orchestration that sets up the lushness of the rest of the album. The deftly evocative ‘Dogwood Blossom’ lends a plaintive tone as it describes a lover who “keep[s] climbing into my head without knocking, and you fix yourself there like a map pin, on this ghost of this street where I’m living, I’m in a chrysalis and I’m snowed in” (stream the track below). In ‘Vodka Sorrow’, he sings to the bottom of an empty glass, a place more than a few have been, intoning “vodka sorrow” like a dirge.

Heavily doused in Regan’s brand of metaphor and romanticism, each song roils with imagery that flows through the heart and gives every listener their own personal experience with love. Beautiful to listen to with layers to discover over and over, Regan’s third offering is a stunning testament to a man making music his way. Recorded in a converted barn, he had all his musicians playing live and completed the recording in just 7 days.

Regan describes his current work saying, “my previous record ‘The Shadow of an Empire’ was me looking out of a window at the world. With this one, it’s a clear look in”. Regan’s soul must be full of love lost, beauty and nature, and love found.

8.5/10

This album was just released yesterday in America but has been available digitally in the rest of the world since August 2011 via Heavenly Recordings / Cooperative Music / Downtown. A live performance at the Workmans Club in Ireland by Regan of ‘North Star Lover’, accompanied by the Staves, can be viewed below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsInTJD1U8c[/youtube]

 

Fionn Regan / February and March 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 30th November 2009 at 11:30 am
 

Ireland’s very own singer/songwriter star Fionn Regan has announced a sizeable UK tour for February and March 2010.

Catch him at the below shows:

Saturday 13th February 2010 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Sunday 14th February 2010 – York Fibbers
Tuesday 16th February 2010 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 17th February 2010 – Manchester Academy 3
Thursday 18th February 2010 – Bristol Thekla
Friday 19th February 2010 – Exeter Cavern
Saturday 20th February 2010 – Bath Moles
Monday 22nd February 2010 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday 23rd February 2010 – Brighton Komedia
Wednesday 24th February 2010 – London ULU
Thursday 25th February 2010 – Norwich Arts Centre
Friday 26th February 2010 – Oxford Jericho Tavern
Sunday 28th February 2010 – Centerbury The Farmhouse
Monday 1st March 2010 – Nottingham Bodega
Tuesday 2nd March 2010 – Birmingham The Rainbow

 

Love Music, Hate Racism / London April Carnival

 
By on Monday, 3rd March 2008 at 8:51 pm
 

Love Music, Hate Racism logoThe annual “Love Music, Hate Racism” event has been announced. The carnival, on Sunday, April 27th in London’s Victoria Park will see Babyshambles, Roll Deep, The Paddingtons, Patrick Wolf and Fionn Regan all play amongst other bands and artists.

Speakers will include Tony Benn, Derek Simpson (Unite), Mark Serwotka (PCS), Weyman Bennett (LMHR), Gemma Tumelty (NUS).

The carnival will also include the stars of the original 1978 carnival playing live, three stages and a huge dance marquee. The best thing however is that it’s all FREE.

More information is on the Love Music Hate Racism website.

 

Fionn Regan announces UK tour

 
By on Friday, 27th July 2007 at 10:22 pm
 

Fionn ReganThis year’s Mecury nominated Fionn Regan has announced a tour in October and November across the UK and Ireland. Most of the dates were booked before his nomination, so they’re sure to sell out quickly.

Catch him at:

Monday 22nd October – Nottingham Social
Tuesday 23rd October – Wolverhampton Little Civic
Wednesday 24th October – Brighton Komedia
Friday 26th October – Leeds Cockpit
Saturday 27th October – Manchester Night & Day
Sunday 28th October – Glasgow King Tuts
Tuesday 30th October – Sheffield Plug
Wednesday 31st October – London Kings College
Thursday 1st November – Bristol Fleece

Tickets are on sale now.

In other news, how great is this picture of Fionn that I have at the side? Just amazing.

Photo taken from Muller*’s flickr stream.

 
 
 

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