I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun
of happy memories that I leave when my life is done.
Barry and Neil in concert at South Street Seaport in 2007
"...this is one of the most enjoyable discs of acappella sea songs and shanties that I've come across in a while." (David Kidman, netrhythms.com, Jan. 2008) Read the full review. (Scroll down a little when you get there.)
Finn & Haddie is the sometimes duo, sometimes trio of Barry Finn, Neil Downey and Ken Schatz. Barry and Neil first met in the mid seventies while singing and playing at the Irish Music session in the ‘Village Coach House’ in Brookline, Ma. They are New England based and perform primarily a cappella songs related to heavy work and hard labor. They specialize in the performance of traditional sea songs, shanties and work songs originating in the southern prison system.
Neil and Barry have performed individually and as a duo throughout the United States. Both are gifted songwriters who bring their unique styles, talents and experiences to this collaboration. They have performed at the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival, New England Folk Festivals (NEFFA), New Hampshire’s Great Bay Festival, the Gloucester (US) Maritime Festival, Boston’s First Night, the San Francisco Maritime Festival, the Salem Maritime Festival, the Boston Antique & Classic Boat Festival, for Sea Revels in Boston, at Sail Boston
Tall Ships Parades 88 and 92 and at the Massachusetts State House for the “Welcoming of the Captains” during Boston’s last Tall Ships Parade. They have also performed on board the USS Constitution, the USS Eagle, the USS Salem, the Unicorn, the Schooner Adventure, the Brig Carthaginian, the Polish schooner Zawisza Czarny, the Larinda, Canada’s schooner Empire Sandy, the Shenandoah & Nova Scotia’s Bluenose II.
Ken Schatz(link) of New York climbed aboard the good ship Finn & Haddie recently and turned the Barry Finn and Neil Downey duo into a sometimes trio. Occasionally, still a duo of Barry and Neil or Barry and Ken, Finn & Haddie went international in the summer of 2009 with a performance at the Scarborough Seafest in N. Yorkshire, UK. Thanks to all our fans for their continued interest in our music. (Barry Finn)