Ben Sherman V.I.P. in-store gig

Fionn Regan defended his title as one of the trendiest folkies at a Ben Sherman V.I.P. charity gig in London’s Ben Sherman store last night. The event was a continuation of the V.I.P. project, in aid of Trekstock, which last week saw Mos Def headline London’s XOYO (read a review of that gig HERE), as well as V.I.P. shows in Berlin and New York.

The store in Carnaby Street was bursting at the edges as the Irish songsmith played a selection of tunes from his two albums, 2009’s 'The End of History' and last year’s 'The Shadow of an Empire'.

Donning huge sunglasses, topped by his mop of dark hair, he shook the plaid shirts from their stands with his rich and soothing voice, slightly distorting over his seamless guitar playing. An accompanying double bass just added to Regan’s tales, which jumped from sweet love songs to the more raucous protest edginess of his newer stuff.

'Put A Penny In The Slot', probably the best known of Regan’s catalogue, and 'Be Good or Be Gone' shone through as the finest from his earlier recordings, but his new songs wowed the crowd just as much, some of whom may never have heard of Regan before.

Why Regan isn’t better well known on the scene, folk or otherwise, is still a mystery. His songs hit you on so many levels, making you dance one minute and weep the other, some filled with anger and message, and some just filled with charm. The fact that often it’s just Regan and guitar, including for some of the tracks played tonight, makes his performances all the more remarkable. Wherever he plays, whether it’s festival field or surrounded by pink shorts and yellow dessert boots, you’ll be transfixed to his music.

Keep an eye out for Fionn’s new album which is expected mid August.

To find out about the artists that have taken part in V.I.P. and how to bid of their plectrums, head to

Words by Gemma Hampson
Photo by Marc Sethi

View a full photo gallery from the gig on HERE.

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