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Martin Finke

Listen to his song 'Raincloud' right here on CLUAS

Martin FinkeMartin Finke was a co-founder of the Baskethouse open mic nights in Clifden, Co. Galway (his home town) back in 1997. It was at Baskethouse that he first began to showcase himself, as well as booking acts like the Frames, Gemma Hayes, Mark Dignam, Mundy, and The Prayerboat. In 1998 he moved away from the burly west coast, and arrived in Boston. There he bought a 4-track and started recording, as well as playing open mics and small gigs in the area.  In May 2000, an EP titled 'How Not To' appeared, and not long after, Martin featured on the Mango Music compilation 'For Your Machine'. In November 2000 Martin's most recent album 'Cast In Old Cast Iron' was released on Mango Music. This release solidifies a craft and style that has been growing for years - don't sit waiting for verse-bridge-chorus indie rock, because you won't find it. More than ever, Cast In Old Cast Iron brings to mind Dave Pajo (and his gentler Aerial M exploits), Mark Eitzel, Will Oldham, and maybe a more morose Lou Barlow. Recent live dates in Ireland include playing with the Frames in Whelans, and also with Mango Music label-mate Steve Fanagan. He plays regularly in Boston (the Kendall Caf? The Abbey Lounge, The Druid) and New York (the Living Room, Arlene Grocery, the Pineapple Room). His most recent project has been with Rian Kelly as Mineymoh. Their album Tramps & Wisdom was produced by Mike Flood (Sparkalepsy, Sebadoh).

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