Finbar Wright show for Hawks Well
Having won all of the major singing awards at Feis Ceoil, Dublin and having represented Ireland at the BBCs Cardiff Singer of the World competition, he began his solo career in 1990 with the release of his first best-selling album Because, (produced by Phil Coulter), on the Sony label.Since then he has recorded six solo albums, one of which,
Having won all of the major singing awards at Feis Ceoil, Dublin and having represented Ireland at the BBC’s Cardiff ‘Singer of the World’ competition, he began his solo career in 1990 with the release of his first best-selling album ‘Because’, (produced by Phil Coulter), on the Sony label.
Since then he has recorded six solo albums, one of which, ‘Whatever You Believe’, (produced and conducted by the legendary Mike Batt), was a Christmas Number 1 in 1992, selling more than 100.000 units in the island of Ireland alone. ‘The Essential Finbar Wright’, a collection of his finest recordings, was released in March 2006 on the Sony/BMG label.
He has also recorded six albums with the world famous ‘The Irish Tenors’ who have enjoyed phenomenal success all around the world, dominating the American charts for the past eight years. His first collection of poetry, entitled ‘Private Friends’, has proved very popular and he continues to write poems in preparation for a second volume.
He presented a hugely successful television series with actress Angeline Ball on RTE in the 1990’s: ‘Music of the Night’. He has also recorded numerous television specials, including one for UTV ‘Live from the Belfast Opera House’, which has been regularly broadcast in the USA and Canada. In 2006, as part of The Irish Tenors he recorded a ten-part series for RTE television which has been broadcast with great acclaim and includes, among its guests, the renowned composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
He has performed at many historical world events in recent times, including the reading of the Gospel at Pope John Paul II’s legendary first Papal Mass at the Phoenix Park, Dublin, in 1979; the impressive State Dinner given in honour of U.S. President Bill Clinton at Dublin Castle in 1995; and, together with Anthony Kearns, he performed live for ‘Good Morning America’ during its coverage of President Reagan’s funeral on Capitol Hill, Washington in 2004.
He has appeared in concert with such music legends as Monserrat Caballé, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis. He has won all the major awards of the Irish Music Industry, including ‘Best Artist of the Year’ in two consecutive years in the mid 90’s.