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


A Lifetime of Happiness

True Born Irishman

The First Turn

‘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

UK Tour – 2021-2022

10th November 2021
Settle Victoria Hall

11th November 2021
Upwood Village Hall

12th November 2021
Norwich Folk Club
Sold Out

14th November 2021
Nell’s, Hammersmith

15th November 2021
Nr Henley
Nettlebed Folk Club

16th November 2021
Exeter Phoenix
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17th November 2021
Llantrisant Folk Club

19th November 2021
The Tolmen Centre, Constantine

20th November 2021
Sturminster Newton
The Trooper
To book tel 01963 362 890

21st November 2021
The Folk House

23rd November 2021
Kitchen Garden Café
0121 443 4725 / /

25th November 2021
nr. Peterborough
The Barn, Baston
SOLD OUT - Tel 01778 560 497

27th November 2021
Tyneside Irish Cultural Society

28th November 2021
The Highfield House
Rescheduled from 19th October 2020

29th November 2021
Runcorn Folk Club

23rd January 2022
Celtic Connections
Supporting Karine Polwart in Glasgow City Halls – Trio show

21st April 2022
The Met
Rescheduled from 8th April 2021.  All current tickets remain valid.

23rd April 2022
Sage Gateshead
Tickets on sale soon, current tickets remain valid.

25th April 2022
Rescheduled from 14th October 2020

28th April 2022
Uxbridge Folk Club
Tickets on sale soon, current tickets remain valid.

29th April 2022
Cambridge Folk Club
01638 603 986 /

30th April 2022
Lewes Saturday Folk Club + Daytime Workshops
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13th May 2022
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Tickets on sale soon, current tickets remain valid.



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

Dónal Lunny


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