Name: Fionn Regan
Album: ‘The End Of History’
Who: Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan was one of the surprise packages of the nominations list, despite his debut album gaining mass critical acclaim. Hailing from Bray but now based in Brighton, Regan‘s acoustic-based folk had bagged him support slots with the likes of Damien Rice previously, and he is now enjoying wider appraisal thanks to the Mercury nomination. Despite his quirky, hobbit-like style his music would seem a touch too conventional to take home the award, although he is probably the best placed “folk” nomination in the prize’s history to stand a chance of winning.