The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 3 November is ‘Ship of Fools’ from Finbar Magee.
Bill Morris talked to Finbar Magee when he was in Glasgow last month to play a gig. Ship of Fools is the latest album from Finbar which was released late last year.
Born in rural County Armagh, Finbar got his first taste of music in his teens playing rock around the Newry-Dundalk area of Ireland.
He set aside music to study mathematics at Sheffield which led to a year teaching in west London. Here he met and played briefly with Gus Isadore before returning to Ireland to study medicine in Belfast.
Says Finbar: “I felt that I could do something more useful for society than teach maths and was lucky enough to get a second bit at the academic cherry. Apart from the occasional party I didn’t play much in those years but sporadically I felt the impulse to write”.
While practising as a doctor, Finbar found himself writing again: “Usually social issues that would bug me, with the occasional slant of humour and satire”.
One night at a Belfast party, music promoter Nigel Martin heard Finbar sing “My Belfast Love” to which Nigel retorted: “It’s time you did something with those songs!”
“A razor sharp Ulster wit…songs with depth and vision.” – Irish Music magazine.
Album of the Week, Saturday 3 November 5.00pm and 12 midnight; Monday 5 November 6.00pm and Catch Up anytime.