Artist Spotlight::Fionn Regan

Irish singer songwriter Fionn Regan will be releasing his debut in America on August 10th on Lost Highway Records. The soft-spoken 26-year-old coaxes an intoxicating array of emotion and detail into his fragile-yet-gripping songs — a body of work that’s already elicited comparisons to forebears as varied as Nick Drake for his guitar playing and to Woody Guthrie for his wordplay. It’s easy to understand why, given the filigreed acoustic finger-picking and raw lyrical stance of songs like the cinematic “Be Good or Be Gone” the menacing “Snowy Atlas Mountains” or the allegorical “Hey Rabbit” with its social conscience, songs that paint intensely vivid pictures — so vivid, in fact, that Regan hesitates to elaborate as to their deeper origins.

“I think of the songs as documents, short films, the evidence of journeys I’ve taken,” says Regan. “I hesitate to get very specific about them, to give them a date of birth or an address. I liken that to trapping a bird in concrete. Once you start hammering a nail into something, there’s a chance the head of the nail will break off – I don’t want build walls around them.”

Here are a couple of tracks in streaming audio:
the underwood typewriter

be gone or be gone video

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