Martin Furey is a well established Folk Singer and Songwriter. He has spent many years touring and performing in his own right. Born in Co. Waterford to his Irish Father Finbar and Scottish Mother, Sheila, he has lived and breathed Irish music taught to him by his Father and Uncles.
Martin began his studies at Dublin’s historical, Trinity College and later moved to Prince’s University, Edinburgh to study Scottish literature and History. It was in Scotland where his band Sam Harlet was formed. The band was massively innovative and immediately welcomed by the vibrant Edinburgh scene of the time. With a huge following, they played almost every venue in the highlands and the lowlands of Scotland.
In 1992 Martin and his sister Aine Furey, joined together to form their acclaimed band Bohinta, touring UK & Europe. Playing every major folk festival including the world renowned Glastonbury Festival. Martin and Aine were an immediate hit with audiences all over Europe and their album Excalibur went straight to number one in the French Album charts.
The Furey’s are a well-known family of musical talent in Ireland. Martin’s father Finbar was a key innovator in the Irish folk and ballad scene of the 60’s. Keen to establish himself in his own right, Martin plays multiple instruments, some of which include banjo, bouzouki, guitar and whistles which feature in The High Kings live shows.
Since joining The High Kings, Martin has been invited to appear on RTE’S Podge and Rodge as well as Pat Kenny’s last ever Late Late Show along with the rest of The High Kings. Martin’s wife Jane even made a cameo appearance on the show.
The High Kings newly recorded album has seen Martin flex his musical muscles as he helped with arrangements on some of the classical Irish ballad tracks, including Green Fields of France made famous by his father Finbar. An experience Martin described as “Amazing, as well as nerve-wracking.” Having grown up with classic ballads in his home life, Martin is pleased to be taking the songs from “Memory Lane” into his live repertoire.