Biography

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

New video for ‘Lean Back’

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 :)

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