Finbar Furey

Finbar Furey: Prince of Pipers

  • Prince of Pipers
    • 1974 - Intercord 26 459-8 LP
    • 1974 - Polydor 2908 023 LP
  • Side One
    1. Bucks Of Oranmore
    2. Conny's Jig (Finbar Furey)
    3. Yellow Bittern
    4. Lark on the Strand
    5. Miss McLeod's
    6. She Moved Through the Fair
    7. Derroll's Hornpipe (Finbar Furey)
    8. O'Rourke's Reel
    9. Garret Barry's Jig
  • Side Two
    1. Plains of Waterloo
    2. Katy's Fancy
    3. Garden Of Daisies
    4. Floggen Reel
    5. It's Easy To Talk
    6. Ace and Deuce of Pipering
    7. Ould Bush

  • Credits
    • Produced by Eddie & Finbar Furey, Carsten Linde, Gabi Nendel
    • Recorded in January 74 in the Windrose Studio, Hamburg and May 74 in Conny's Studio, Neunkirchen,
    • Sound Engineer: Horst Grosse — Hamburg & Conny Plank — Neunkirchen
    • Mixed by Conny Plank, Eddie Furey & Finbar
    • Cover Design: Jerken Diederich & Annette Welke
    • Texts: Carsten Linde
    • All titles traditional, adapted & arranged by Finbar Furey — unless otherwise noted.

Sleeve Notes

Finbar Furey is one of the most important Irish folk musicians. Now 26 years old this bag-pipe player between his 14th and 20th year had won altogether 23 pipe contests in Ireland. Even as a nineteen year old he was awarded the title "All Ireland Champion of Pipes" and the "World Title". In Ireland he is known as the "Prince of Pipers". Finbar Furey, whose ancestors were Irish gypsies, got his first bagpipes after his father Ted discovered his musical ability and had him trained with the violin. Finbar refutes the often quoted saying among Irish pipers, that it takes 21 years to become a good piper: 7 years to learn, 7 years to practice and 7 years to play. He had already won the first championships as a 14 year old interpreting the old song and dance in typical Furey style with his ability for sympathetic understanding and creativity.

Together with his brother Eddie he has contributed much to the present popularity of Irish folklove [sic]. His style of pipe-playing has abandoned the traditional limits of this instrument and has won him many new friends. Finbar and Eddie were the first Irish men to accompany with the bag-pipes, songs played on the guitar, mandoline or fiddle. At the same time they have taken themes from pop music and blended them with the timbre of their instruments. That the Irish pipes can be played so discriminatingly and expressively its proved by Finbar Furey on this Solo LP.