Finbar Furey Biography (Wikipedia)
Finbar Furey is a multi-instrumental folk musician, who was born on 28 September 1946 in Dublin City, Ireland. He is best known for his band of brothers The Fureys who were formed in Ballyfermot, Dublin, where they grew up.
Finbar's well known musician father Ted started him on the Uilleann pipes while he was very young. By his teens he had won 3 All Ireland Medals, The Oireachtas, and many Feisanna – in fact he was the only piper ever to win the All Ireland, the Oireachtas medal and the 4 province titles in the same year, Finbar is an Irish Traveller.
Finbar popularized the pipes worldwide while on tour with his brother Eddie in the 1960s. In 1969, Finbar and Eddie began touring as backup musicians for the influential Irish folk group, The Clancy Brothers. Finbar played the pipes, as well as the banjo, tin whistle, and guitar with the group live, on television, and on recordings. The Furey brothers left the group the following year and began performing as a duo again. Many bands followed in their wake, but Finbar and Eddie were awarded best Single of the Year by John Peel in 1972 entirely because of the unique sound the Uilleann pipes and whistle made, in the context of what was, at that time, a modern pop sound. They received many other accolades because they were the spearhead of contemporary music of that time.
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