writes oddly haunting songs already showcased in some style with Bohinta,
the band he still fronts with his sister Aine, but here he takes a further
step into the ethereal. Its not easy - the songs don't leap up and bite
you - but there's something about his anguished voice, the percussive
edge and spookily sparse arrangements that gets under your skin.
He combines deep knowledge of the Irish traveller tradition with an original
and contemporary take on his singer/songwriter material.
His vocal style has the resonance and ornamentation of the 19th century,
yet the melodies and instrumentation are futuristic. A singer with the
technique and the nerve to be right out in front.
fantastic night of original material, Celtic themes, trad twists, beautiful
songs, powerful vocals, soulful moods & toe-tapping, handclapping
jigs & reels!
the music scene for long enough to have established the kind of reputation
that makes him stand out, Martin is well used to accoloades for his song
writing and amazing voice.
Highlights when touring solo and with his band 'Bohinta' include playing
Glastonbury, recording at Real WorlStudios, 2 tours of Oz, soundtracks
for Independant films and BBC documentaries, plus being included on numerous
compilations and projects.
No mean guitar player, he also plays low whistles and Uillean pipes. This
is a very talented and entertaining guy!
Furey 2006 Tour Dates
Green Library Centre
Patrick's Day Special Event
Furey Plays -
Martin was in his own words "forcibly inducted into the pipes fraternity
aged 7" ! With his father Finbar being a 3 time All Ireland champion
it was almost inevitable that the pipes would come to play a major role
in Martins life and music. Martin did try and avoid being "strapped
in" but still learnt extensively from his father and another pipes
legend Tommy Kearney. The hard work paid off and despite being one of
the hardest instruments in the world to play, Martin is one its finest
exponents. You need to use both hands, both wrists, one elbow and a knee
just to produce a note as the instrument is actually made up of 3 separate
parts. The chanter is the business end as it plays the melody, the drones
play a steady note in unison and the regulators play a harmonic accompaniment.
Martins set of pipes has a 100 year old chanter from the Dublin workshop
of Leo Rowsome, Brian Howard made the drones and Welsh craftsman Alan
Ginsberg provided the regulators
For as long as he can remember Martin has had a guitar, breaking his first
one aged 4 !. The first electric one came along when he was 17 and with
it he "made a hell of a noise in the garage". His Dad passed
on many finger picking and chord shapes, and Martin learnt a great deal
from folk legend Alex Cambell who regularly played with Finbar. Now a
days Martin plays an acoustic guitar from the world renowned Australian
Finbar Furey and Bernie Overton created the modern day aluminium low whistle
in the 70's, and its an instrument Martin now plays with immense emotion.
Finbar and Paddy Keenan used to create whistle from car aerials but things
have progressed and Martin plays a low whistle made for him by Colin Goldie.
Martin also plays a recorder whistle supplied by Tim Cranmore
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