One to watch: Fionn Regan’s ‘The Bunkhouse Vol. I: Anchor Black Tattoo’

Posted by: on Jan 7, 2013 | No Comments

If you’re a fan of acoustic, folk and bluesy rock you’ll undoubtedly be a fan of Fionn Regan. The guardian described him as “folk’s new pied piper”  and Ellie Goulding has said she is a massive fan. Since his first release in 2006 he has continued to wow crowds with his amazing albums playing at the likes of Glastonbury, Benicassim and Bestival. This is England fans will recognise Fionn’s tune Dogwood Blossom from the end of This is England ’88.

Whilst he sits in our One to Watch category, that doesn’t mean that Fionn Regan is new to the music scene. Fionn has his feet firmly placed in the realms of irish folk and acoustic- the reason he is my one to watch now is because he is set to release fourth studio album,  January 28th and here at Gossipdrip we simply cannot wait!

The Bunkhouse Vol. 1: Anchor Black Tattoo Will be Fionn’s fourth studio album self-recorded in his Bunkhouse studio with a 4-track and a single microphone, ‘The Bunkhouse Vol. I: Anchor Black Tattoo’ is Regan’s most stripped back album yet and shows the artist bursting with imagination and humour. Regan has returned to his roots, with an album that shines a light on the strengths of the artist at work.

‘The Bunkhouse Vol. I: Anchor Black Tattoo’ is Regan’s fourth studio album and is the latest addition to a family of highly acclaimed work including the Mercury Music Prize nominated debut album ‘The End of History’, the barn-storming ‘The Shadow of an Empire’ and the orchestral steeped epic that was ‘100 Acres of Sycamore’. During the past few years artists from surprisingly diverse quarters have singled out Fionn as having been an influence, and with an ever-growing list of noteworthy fans (Lucinda Williams, Rhys Ifans, Shane Meadows, Rankin, Justin Vernon) to his name, its clear that Regan’s music is quietly increasing in stature and is built to last.

Regan has consistently stayed true to his own path “I’ve always just followed my instinct, I’ve made some huge sacrifices in order to work that way, but I think once you stop doing that and tailor make your music to fit, you’re not really an artist anymore. I think people respond to that and respect it.”

Regan says of the album “I made the record here by myself with a 4-track and one microphone. I did quite a bit of touring on my own earlier this year supporting Feist and although the rooms were big, I felt very much at home on the stage and after that I had a strong instinct to get right down to the brass tacks, back to the essense of what is it that I do as a songwriter, so that’s what I’ve done. You can call it folk but I feel in a lot of ways it’s like an Irish punk album, in that it’s pure, it’s stripped down, and it was made with just what I have at my disposal. Recording in this way also allowed me to work very quickly, I was documenting as I was writing, so these songs feel very fresh to me, straight out of the ground, which is a really great feeling.”

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Check out the latest song from the forthcoming album… “Salt and Cloves”.