I grew up in a fairly rural part of Ireland. For example, the nearest shop from my house is about a 40 minute walk. It was hardly the most vibrant place in terms of nightlife and things to do as a youngster. So when I was about 15 or 16, for entertainment and a bit of craic, a gang of us in about a 5 mile radius used to cycle around to each other’s houses in the middle of the night and throw stones at each other’s bedroom windows to wake each other up, and we’d rob drink from our parents cabinets (sorry dad!!) and petrol from the lawnmower, and we’d sneak out and go down to this quiet part of the river and we’d light a big fire, get a bit tipsy and go skinny-dipping. There was one mad fecker called Ciaran who used to love to jump off a pretty high bridge into pretty shallow water, never knew how he survived it. Later on we’d all cycle home to our respective homes at day break, change into our school uniforms and head off to school It’s a wonder I passed any of my exams during the junior cert! Anyway this song is about that time, the sense of adventure, excitement and escapism. Thank you very much to Helena Doyle for the video
Irish born singer/songwriter Carl Finlay’s music is guaranteed to be the most unique and infectious thing you are likely to hear this year. An unusual and fresh blend of Folk, Rock and Reggae delivered with a beautiful Irish accent. Citing an eclectic spread of influences from Bob Dylan and James Blake to obscure Reggae and Folk artists, his music manages to be at once strikingly individual while remaining intimate and captivating.
Born in the countryside of Co. Meath, Ireland, Finlay hasn’t been shy to spread his wings and explore some of the most exciting corners of the world, he has recently returned from the Caribbean and has spent time living in Mexico and Slovakia. His worldly experiences transpire beautifully through his thoughtful and emotive story-telling lyrics.
Carl Finlay is poised to set the music world alight. Hot on the heels of the success of his previous single ‘So Hard to Be Happy’, which received BBC Radio 6 airplay, Carl Finlay has announced the release of his second single, ‘Mercury’ and his debut album, ‘Follow the Moon’, which will drop on the 30th of March 2015
Check out the new video for my song ‘Message To The Dreamer’ which is taken from my forthcoming debut album ‘Follow The Moon’. The video was made by Helena Doyle
I did a really fun interview the other day with a really cool guy called Ryan at JammerZine in Chicago. The interview was supposed to last 15-20 mins but i ended up yapping away to him for about 2 hours after the interview! ha! you can listen to the interview (including a small segment of our post interview chat) here if you fancy
So its official!!! my debut album ‘Follow The Moon’ will be released on the 30th of March. I can’t wait to get it out there now!! The artwork is being done at the moment, a really sweet illustration. Its the icing on the cake!
Check out this write up in muzicnotes.com