Hi, I'm Honor Finnegan.
I've been told my songs are funny, and tender, and clever, and moving. A colleague once said my melodies soar. I like that. I live in New York City, but I grew up on the Southside of Chicago, and I draw on a background in musical theatre, improv comedy, Jazz and Blues, and traditional Irish folk.
I've won the Kerrville New Folk Song Contest. I was a Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist. I also had an official showcase at NERFA, which was SO much fun!
Both of my CDs did well on the Folk DJ charts. My most recent, "Roses and Victory" reached #3 in 2016, The Tiny Life, went to #9 in 2012. My song, "Stark as Stone" was covered by Amy Speace on, "Same Old Storm: Deluxe".
I've opened for cool people galore, including, but not limited to, John Gorka (who sang with me on Roses and Victory), Christine Lavin, Cheryl Wheeler, Vance Gilbert, and Joe Crookston.
I started out as a child performer, when I was cast in the 1st National Tour of “Annie”, at 11.
I eventually outgrew Annie and went back to Chicago, spending my early adult life studying Improv with Del Close who created “Honor Finnegan vs. the Brain of the Galaxy” to try and help me get somewhere in life.
In 1991 I moved to Ireland, and sang with jazz bands, blues bands, big bands and traditional Irish bands including DeDannan for about a day. My song, “Better Love Water”, was sung on the Gay Byrne Radio Hour twice.
I moved to New York in 1998, and was lucky enough to land a rent stabilized apartment in Manhattan, which meant I could stay for a while.
In 2016, over Memorial Day weekend, I was swept away in a flash flood in Texas. I was nearly killed, but miraculously survived. So, I wrote the story down, and performed it at the Moth.
I have been writing essays, and telling stories since.
I'm also a preschool special educator, a Heartfulness Meditation trainer, and mother to one adult son.
I currently reside in New York City with 6 plants, 1 espresso maker, and an air fryer.