• DAOIRÍ FARRELL

    Winner of Two BBC Folk Awards 2017
  • DAOIRÍ FARRELL

    Winner of Two BBC Folk Awards 2017
  • DAOIRÍ FARRELL

    Winner of Two BBC Folk Awards 2017

MEET DAOIRÍ

A former electrician, who decided to become a musician after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell has been described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years.

After a promising debut album, ‘The First Turn’, back in 2009, Daoirí spent several years studying traditional music and performance at respected colleges across Ireland. While at the University of Limerick, Fintan Vallely introduced him to the singing of the late Liam Weldon, an encounter that was to prove formative to his sound and his approach to folk song.

Daoirí had cut his teeth as a singer in Dublin’s famous Góilin Singers Club and at other sessions across the city, many of which he still visits regularly. Following his studies he quickly found work accompanying artists including Christy Moore, as well as a list of names that sounds like a who’s who of folk music: Dónal Lunny, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Alan Doherty, Danú, Dervish, Julie Fowlis, Arty McGlynn, The John Carty Big Band, Kíla, Sean Keane, Gerry O’Connor (Banjo), Gerry O’Connor (Fiddle), Lankum and more. In 2013 he won the All Ireland Champion Singer award at the Fleadh in Co. Derry, and in 2015 won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections in Glasgow with the line-up FourWinds.

Daoirí finally stepped into the limelight in his own right, launching his own solo live career at Celtic Connections, in January 2016. In May the same year he was invited to fly to Manchester to do a live session on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe just a week before his first UK tour. His name was suddenly everywhere and festival and show dates started to stream in from across the world.

His long-awaiting follow-up album to ‘The First Turn’, ‘True Born Irishman’ was released in October 2016. The following spring his won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Best Traditional Track and Best Newcomer – and performed with a six piece line-up at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

He has since performed in Australia, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, The Czech Republic, USA, Portugal and more and played festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival, Vancouver Island Folk Festival, the National Folk Festival of Australia and many more. In 2018 he toured the UK with Transatlantic Sessions and recorded his next album with Dónal Lunny in the producer’s chair. His new album will be released in February 2019.

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‘Effortless, instinctive, natural…the real deal.'

Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

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‘I’ve been listening to Daoirí’s emerging sounds since first hearing him at the Góilin Singers Club in Dublin when he was a young lad….always a treat to hear him sing.’

Christy Moore

Upcoming concerts

16th November 2018
Nailsworth, Gloucestershire United Kingdom
Ruskin Mill

17th November 2018
Lewes, East Sussex United Kingdom
Lewes Saturday Folk Club

18th November 2018
Hitchin, Hertfordshire United Kingdom
Hitchin Folk Club

20th November 2018
Maidstone United Kingdom
The Bowerhouse

21st November 2018
Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex United Kingdom
Ropetackle Arts Centre

22nd November 2018
Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom
St. Mary’s Music Hall

23rd November 2018
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom
Cambridge Folk Club

24th November 2018
Bransford, Worcestershire United Kingdom
Folk At The Fold

29th November 2018
Listowel, Co. Kerry Ireland
St. John’s Arts Centre

1st December 2018
Naul, Co. Dublin Ireland
Séamus Ennis Centre

8th December 2018
Langdorp Belgium
Sint Pieterskerk

News

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‘Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade’

Dónal Lunny

contact

  • Agent/Main Contact

    Terry O’Brien
    Playpen Management & Agency
    +44 (0)1795 533551
    +44 (0)7932 720 058
    terry(at)playpenmusic.co.uk
    www.playpenmusic.co.uk

  • Press

    Will McCarthy
    Will McCarthy PR
    +44 (0)1647 433 859
    +44 (0)7803 054 522
    will(at)willmaccarthy.com

  • Agent for Australia

    Jon Howell
    Rhythm Section
    +61 (0)407 700 682
    jon(at)rhythmsection.com.au
    www.rhythmsection.com.au

  • Agent for Germany

    Petra Eisenburger
    Concert Connections
    +49 (0)171 4926236
    petra.eisenburger(at)concert-connections.com
    www.concert-connections.com