Finbar Furey: Free Spirit
RTE ONE Monday May 14th 2012 9:35pm
For many Irish people Finbar Furey is an institution. His haunting Lonesome Boatman will forever be etched into our musical story as a nation. Finbar is a free spirit. He has always gone against the grain, sometimes in the face of commercial success. In 1971 he left The Clancy Brothers while playing to packed-out auditoriums in the USA. In 1994 he left The Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur while they still had best- selling albums to record. He was to hit rock bottom however in 2005 when his shoulder gave way and threatened to take away the very thing that he thought nobody could, his ability to play music.