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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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

Daoirí Farrell – Spring 2020 UK & Ireland Tour

Three times 2019 RTÉ Folk Award nominee

29th February 2020
Wexford Trad & Folk Festival

1st March 2020
Wexford Trad & Folk Festival

15th March 2020
Dublin
St Patrick’s Festival
01 604 0090 / stpatricksfestival.ie

19th March 2020
Bury
The Met
0161 761 2216 / themet.org.uk

20th March 2020
Doncaster
Roots Music Club
rootsmusicclub.co.uk

21st March 2020
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Oscar’s
01584 878 141 / ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk

22nd March 2020
Bristol
The Folk House
0117 926 2987 / https://www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk/

23rd March 2020
Loughborough
Grand Union Folk Club
01509 813 566 / guf.org.uk

24th March 2020
Hemel Hempstead
Old Town Hall
01442 228 091 / oldtownhall.co.uk

25th March 2020
Stourton Caundle, Dorset
The Trooper Inn
01963 362 890 / thetrooperinn.co.uk

26th March 2020
nr. Newport
Llanhennock Village Hall
01633 420 404 / caerleon-art.org

27th March 2020
nr. Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Upwood Village Hall
01487 814 114 / 07709 930 398

28th March 2020
East Sussex
Lewes Saturday Folk Club (and daytime workshops)
01273 476 757 / lewessaturdayfolkclub.org

30th March 2020
nr. Henley-on-Thames
Nettlebed Village Club
01628 636 620 / nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk

31st March 2020
Frome
The Silk Mill
wildtune.org

1st April 2020
Hammersmith, London
Nell’s
nells.co.uk

3rd April 2020
Norwich Folk Club
01603 425 546 / norwichfolkclub.net

4th April 2020
Moonbeams @ The Highfield House
thehighfieldhouse.co.uk

5th April 2020
Sage Gateshead
0191 443 4661 / sagegateshead.com

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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