WHAT, OR WHERE, IS FINGAL’S CAVE?
Uamh-Binn or “The Cave of Melody”
Found on the Isle of Staffa in the Hebrides group of islands off the northwest coast of Scotland, FINGAL’S CAVE is one of the most famous acoustic wonders in the world. Made of volcanic basalt and known for producing cathedral-like melodies from ocean waves, the cave has inspired generations of musicians and artists including Felix Mendelssohn, Pink Floyd, William Wordsworth and Jules Verne. The ancient lore of the cave states that this was once a piece of a bridge built by the Irish giant, Fionn mac Cumhaill (a.k.a. Finn McCool,) for crossing into Scotland to battle his gigantic rival, Benandonner.
Our Cave of Melody
Nestled in Lowertown St. Paul is the Twin Cities’ most intimate performance venue – FINGAL’S CAVE at MetroNOME Brewery. Rumor has it this Fingal’s Cave was once a revered concert hall for a local tribe of gnomes. Now, this gorgeous, 50 person-capacity room located just a flight down from our vibrant taproom hosts live music, performances, and other gatherings. Inspired by the legendary cave in Scotland and having already hosted names like Wynton Marsalis, Fingal’s Cave is on its way to becoming a live music gem. It’s also available for rent for nonprofits events, corporate activities, and other opportunities.
THE ROMBERG WURLITZER PROJECT
A Reprise for a Piece of Music History
When MetroNOME co-founder Bill Eddins was a little boy, barely knee-high to a gnome, his parents bought a piano at a garage sale. It turned out that piano was a rare Romberg Wurlitzer. Today, there are only two remaining in existence. One is on display at the Schubert Club Music Museum across town at the Landmark Center. The other still belongs to Bill. And he’d love to have it reside in Fingal’s Cave, delighting listeners with its enchanting sound. It’s in need of extensive restoration, however. If you’re interested in helping fund the work necessary to bring this piece of music history back to its original glory, we’d be grateful. (And willing to repay that gratitude with something sudsy.)