Fionn Regan at Connolly's of Leap
Although he'd been releasing high-quality independent EPs since 2000, Irish singer/songwriter Fionn Regan rose to prominence in 2006 with his Mercury Prize-nominated debut album The End of History. His literate, often poetic indie folk subsequently earned him praise in the U.S. as well, with Lost Highway issuing it stateside a year later. When Lost Highway refused to release his follow-up, Regan shelved it and returned to Ireland where he released a trio of well-received LPs including 2010's more rock-driven The Shadow of an Empire and the self-recorded and entirely acoustic The Bunkhouse, Vol. 1: Anchor Black Tattoo. After a temporary hiatus, he returned in the late 2010s with the atmospheric folk-pop of 2017's The Meetings of the Waters and 2019's dreamy Cala.