Trickfish is honored to welcome the unabashedly funky and outspoken Walt “Finn” Finnerty to the Trickfish family of artists. Walt has been sharing his skills and opinions on stages, in the studios and on social media for years…entertaining everyone in the process. A self-proclaimed “greasy, old skool funkateer”, Finnerty eschews the fluff and gets right down to the business of the groove and the heart of the pocket. He is the current bass player for Christian Smooth Jazz artist Michelle Danette and Remnant Sounds, currently in the studio recording for her upcoming CD. He is also the bassist for the Platinum Sounds Band out of PA and will be playing an extensive summer and fall schedule with them. Additionally, Walt is a session bassist for Tight Mike Productions in Philadelphia, creators of background music for corporate events, expos, and commercials.
As a child there was always some type of music happening in his home. From an early age Walt Jr. listened and absorbed as his father, Walt Sr. had band rehearsals and jam sessions at the Finnerty residence. The Finnerty home was constantly filled with the sounds of Lester Young, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt and the like inspiring Walt Jr. to play music. Starting his musical odyssey on drums, Walt soon discovered his affinity for bass and made the switch in his teens. Initially Walt studied with classical guitarist Jack Leonard but when it became obvious that his instructor lacked a curriculum that could get Walt to play like Bootsy Collins and Larry Graham, Walt decided to leave Jack Leonard and to immerse himself in the art and skills of Funk. In addition to being a fine bassist, Walt holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems, is a family man, devoted husband and a US Army vet.
“I had been hearing about Trickfish for a while and was curious as to all of the buzz. I called some friends to get the 411 and everybody said this was the joint – I had to dive in because tone is everything!” states Finnerty. “I called Richard Ruse to introduce myself and he told me he had been following me on Facebook for at least two years and was happy that I reached out as he was a fan. I hadn’t put two and two together – this guy owns the company! After a long conversation where we shared our love of classic funk, great bass tone and the things that separate good amps from great amps – I knew this was right so I just bought a BH1K. The low end is thunder and the highs are like glass – this is a slappers dream! I’m waiting on two of the SM210V’s and a Bullhead.5K – every base covered…”
“I had been following Walt on Facebook where his honesty, transparency and the depth of his character separated him from the rest of the pack. He loves bass, loves gear, loves great tone and will call it the way he sees it – whether you like it or not! I respect that in a human being.” states Trickfish Founder Richard Ruse. “When Walt called I told him I knew exactly who he was and we must have talked for 90 minutes. In my mind he’s always been a member of the TF family and now that we’ve met in real life we’re a stronger, richer family with him on board. Did I mention that he’s a seriously skilled, 100% genuine funk master? As my friend Billy Estes says “the dude is greasier than a KFC fry vat after a long holiday weekend!”. We’re proud to welcome him into the Family and my gut tells me this will be a long, long relationship.”
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