Finbarr English in Charlottetown

Last week we had the joy of seeing Mossie Ó Scanláin, Finbarr English, Cian Ó Móráin and Mary MacGillivray play together as Ómós Irish Ensemble at The Pourhouse in Charlottetown.

Beyond the dreamy assemblage of accents in their collected names–seven by my count–the pleasure came from the unmitigated joy that flowed from the stage: these are four people who obviously love playing tunes with each other, and their gathering together resulted in so much more than the sum of the parts.

Mossie and Finbarr are on Prince Edward Island as guests from Ireland, the product of a government-funded effort to celebrate the cultural overlap.

You have two more opportunities to see Finbarr in action: tonight, December 7, 2017 at The Old Triangle from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. he’ll be joining a session, and on Saturday, December 9, 2017 he’ll join Cian and Mary for their regular 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. gig at the same location.

If you need more convincing that you should make it out, watch here and here.

He is a force of nature.