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Honor Finnegan

Hi, I'm Honor!

I've been told my songs are funny, tender, clever, and moving. A colleague once said my melodies soar. I've lived in New York City for over 20 years, but I grew up on the Southside of Chicago (Michelle Obama's nabe), and draw on a background in musical theatre, improv comedy, Jazz, Blues, and traditional Irish music. 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 a ton of 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 people I admire, galore, including John Gorka (we sang a duet, Song of Bernadette, 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. When I outgrew Annie, I went back to Chicago, finished school, and spent 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 stick around for a while. After a dramatic experience in 2016, involving a flash flood in Texas, I began writing (mostly) first person essays, and participating in slams at The Moth. I'm also a preschool educator/special educator, a Heartfulness Meditation trainer, and mother to one adult son. I currently reside in New York City, where I am Assistant Head of School at Polis Montessori on the Upper West Side. 






Folk DJ Charts, February 2016 


# 3 Artist


Top solo artist 


#3 album - "Roses and Victory"


Kerrville New Folk Winner


Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist 


Formal Showcase Artist NERFA


Formal Showcase Artist SERFA


Folk DJ Charts 2012


#9 album - "The Tiny Life" 




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