Just before you could say “whatever happened to that Fionn Regan guy?” out he pops from the woodwork, with a talk of a new album – The Shadow Of An Empire – and a selection of performances across the UK to showcase his fresh material.
After his critically acclaimed debut, “The End of History”, was released way back in 2006 and nominated for both the Mercury Music Prize and the Choice Award, the Irishman (from Bray, Co. Wicklow) enjoyed plenty of initial success, but soon disappeared into the world of lost singer-songwriters (which is not too dissimilar to the world of lost pens and plectrums).
His refreshingly unique take on the Dylan/Young sound saw him win fans right across the globe, with a string of shows in the US as well an appearance at Glastonbury – which is not too bad for a performer who claims to have previosuly played in phone boxes and bus depots.
But Regan decided it was time for a sabbatical, and towards the end of 2008, he had been spending a lot of time in the states, and conjured up a wealth of ideas to put down in the studio. Recorded last May, “The Shadow Of An Empire” is the product of his US experiences, and is due for release in February, 2010.
If you happen to be in London towards the end of this month, you can catch him at the London Social on the 16th and the London ULU on the 24th. Performances have also been scheduled for the Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach on the 12th and Brighton Jamm on the 13th.