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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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

23rd August 2022
Inishbofin
Murray’s Yard


UK & Ireland Autumn ’22 UK Tour - On Sale Now

16th September 2022
Abbeyfeale
Glórach Theatre


17th September 2022
Limerick
Dolan’s


18th September 2022
Galway
Róisín Dubh


23rd September 2022
Ballycotton
Sea Church


24th September 2022
Drimoleague Singing Festival


2nd October 2022
Hartlepool Folk Festival


6th October 2022
Denbigh
Theatr Twm o’r Nant


7th October 2022
Cumbria
The Coniston Institute


8th October 2022
nr Hebden Bridge
Wadsworth Community Centre


9th October 2022
Edinburgh
Soundhouse at The Traverse


12th October 2022
York
NCEM


13th October 2022
Barton-on-Humber
The Ropewalk


15th October 2022
Manchester Folk Festival
Daoirí Farrell Trio

16th October 2022
Liverpool Philharmonic
The Music Room
Daoirí Farrell Trio

17th October 2022
Leicester
The Musician


18th October 2022
Birmingham
Symphony Hall


19th October 2022
Camden
London Irish Centre


20th October 2022
Bishops Caundle
The White Hart
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21st October 2022
Milverton Music Club


22nd October 2022
Bristol
The Folk House


2023 Concerts

24th February 2023
Greystones, Co. Wicklow
The Hot Spot Music Club, The Beach House


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

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contact

  • Agent/Main Contact

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

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    Will McCarthy
    Will McCarthy PR
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    +44 (0)7803 054 522
    Will@willmccarthy.com

  • Agent for Australia

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

  • Agent for Germany

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