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

15th September 2019
Kelterscheune Urberach
Daoirí Farrell Trio

16th September 2019
Daoirí Farrell Trio - 0171 4926236

20th September 2019
St. Trinitatis
Daoirí Farrell Trio

21st September 2019
Alte Schule
Daoirí Farrell Trio - Call for tickets Tel. (0 26 53) 91 49 99

22nd September 2019
Kulturscheune Nickenich
Address: 56645 Nickenich

23rd September 2019
Folk Club
Daoirí Farrell Trio - Call or email for tickets +49(0)174-9541883/

24th September 2019
Folk Club Prisma
Daoirí Farrell Trio

7th November 2019
01302 303 959 /

8th November 2019
Bromley Cross Folk Club
07427 613 783 /

9th November 2019
The Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch Leisure Centre
01948 660 660 / 07506 724 572 /

10th November 2019
Lee Mill
Folk On The Moor
01752 493 360 / /

12th November 2019
The Fleece Inn
01386 831 173 /

13th November 2019
West End Centre
01252 330 040 /

14th November 2019
Hammersmith, London
Irish Cultural Centre
020 8563 8232 /

15th November 2019
Cambridge Folk Club
01638 603 986 /

16th November 2019
Diss Corn Hall
01379 652 241 /

17th November 2019
Hitchin Folk Club
01462 812 391 /

18th November 2019
North Boarhunt, Hants
Forest Folk
01329 833 625 /



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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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