The Butterfly Sessions: Brian Finnegan

The Butterfly Sessions: Brian Finnegan

The Butterfly Sessions: Brian Finnegan
An online performance of a new commission composed and performed by BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 nominee Brian Finnegan.

Brian Finnegan from Armagh is regarded as one of the most original and significant voices in Traditional Irish music.

"He stands out in a nation of wonderful flute players, as much more than a technical virtuoso, his playing having the freewheeling lightness of touch and inspired musical understanding that flows into improvisation in real time, at reel speed.” The Scotsman

A past pupil of the fabled institution The Armagh Piper’s Club, Brian’s music is forged from the tradition he grew up in, and his unique approach to exploring the outer edges of composition and arrangement. His touring and living in India and Eastern Europe had a profound and lasting affect on his playing and composing, hinted at early on with the release of his first album, When The Party's Over in 1993.

Frontman with the dazzling group Flook for more than 25 years and collecting awards and a huge fan base wherever they toured, Flook have recorded four highly acclaimed studio albums and in 2006 won the coveted BBC Folk Award for Band Of The Year. That same year a chance encounter in New York would later turn into a major new musical partnership with the Russian Poet Laureate, Boris Grebenshikov and a decade of touring Russia and the Far East. In 2010, Brian released his latest solo album, The Ravishing Genius Of Bones. It won him a BBC Musician Of The Year nomination and LiveIreland Musician Of The Year in the US, and coincided with the formation of his new quartet, the hardhitting Kan. He has toured and recorded with artistes as diverse as Cara Dillon, Anoushka Shankar, Bebel Gilberto and most recently with Ed Sheeran on his Divide album.

The Butterfly Sessions

Music Network has commissioned 24 musicians and composers to premiere new music in The Butterfly Sessions, an online performance series.

The 10-week series will feature two premieres each week broadcast on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm. Performances will be hosted on Music Network's YouTube channel and shared across all of the organisation's social media platforms.

This new initiative is one of a number of ways in which Music Network is supporting Irish and Ireland-based artists in the coming weeks during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Listen to Brian Finnegan on Spotify