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

23rd October 2020
Sligo Live at Hawk’s Well Theatre
Limited seated tickets plus live streaming tickets

UK Tour – April 2021

8th April 2021
The Met
Reschedule from 19th March 2020 0161 761 2216 /

10th April 2021
The Highfield House
Rescheduled from 19th October 2020

11th April 2021
Sage Gateshead
Rescheduled from 5th April 2020 0191 443 4661 /

12th April 2021
Rescheduled from 14th October 2020

15th April 2021
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
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17th April 2021
Sturminster Newton
The Trooper
Rescheduled from 25th March 2020 01963 362 890

18th April 2021
Exeter Phoenix
Rescheduled from 25th October 2020 01392 667 080 /

20th April 2021
Silk Mill
Rescheduled from 26th October 2020

21st April 2021
Jam Jar
Rescheduled from 23rd October 2020 0117 926 2987 /

22nd April 2021
Kitchen Garden Café
0121 443 4725 / /

23rd April 2021
Cambridge Folk Club
01638 603 986 /

24th April 2021
Lewes Saturday Folk Club + Daytime Workshops
rescheduled from 28th March 2020 01273 476 757 /

25th April 2021
Uxbridge Folk Club
Rescheduled from 22nd October 2020/ 07985 018 317?

27th April 2021
Llanhennock Village Hall
Rescheduled from 26th March 2020 01633 420 404 /

29th April 2021
Nell’s, Hammersmith
Rescheduled from 21st October 2020

30th April 2021
Norwich Folk Club
Rescheduled from 3rd April 2020 01603 425 546 /



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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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