Finbar Furey has left his mark on the music of Ireland for more than four decades. As the lead singer and uilleann pipes player for the Fureys, the influential group he shared with his brothers Eddie, Paul, and George, Furey helped to guide the evolution of Ireland's traditional music. After leaving the band to pursue a solo career in 1993, Furey continued to attract attention with his gutsy approach to the music of the Emerald Isle. A native of Dublin's Coombe district, Furey was raised, from the age of five, in Ballyfermot. Music played an essential role in the family home. His father, Ted, a horse dealer by profession, played fiddle and pipes and his mother played melodeon and five-stringed banjo. By 1958, Finbar and Eddie were performing, along with their father, at informal jam sessions at O'Donoghue's Bar. Finbar quickly exhibited ...
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