Fionn Regan is an Irish singer-songwriter and artist from Bray, County Wicklow, who came to prominence in 2006 with the release of his Mercury-nominated debut album, The End of History. In 2010, Regan released his second album, The Shadow of an Empire.
Regan’s first releases were the single, “Little Miss Drunk”, and three EPs titled Hotel Room, Reservoir and Campaign Button, which were released on a small indie label, Anvil Records. Following these releases, in 2006, Regan signed to former Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde’s independent record label, Bella Union, in the UK, resulting in Regan’s debut album The End of History being released on August 7, 2006. Following his UK success, Regan was subsequently signed by the American label Lost Highway Records. The End of History was released in the U.S. on July 10, 2007.
The End of History was produced by Regan himself (mixing the album with Simon Raymonde). Mojo magazine gave the album four stars in a review that dubbed the disc “a debut that oozes rare confidence, startling maturity and originality”. Other publications such as The Times and The Guardian also gave the album four out of five stars.
Regan has played many festivals around the world including the Glastonbury Festival, Electric Picnic (Ireland), Summercase (Spain), Bestival (Isle of Wight) ACL (Austin, Texas) and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (San Francisco).
Regan was nominated for two Meteor Music Awards (Best Male and Best Newcomer) in 2006 and The End of History was nominated for Irish Album of the Year at the Choice Music Prize and was shortlisted for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize.
The single “Be Good or Be Gone” has been used in the television dramas Grey’s Anatomy, Nearly Famous, and Skins.
Regan released his second studio album, The Shadow of an Empire, on Heavenly Recordings on February 8, 2010.