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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‘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

13th November 2019
Aldershot
West End Centre
01252 330 040 / westendcentre.co.uk

14th November 2019
Hammersmith, London
Irish Cultural Centre
020 8563 8232 / irishculturalcentre.co.uk

15th November 2019
Cambridge
Cambridge Folk Club
01638 603 986 / cambridgefolkclub.co.uk

16th November 2019
Diss Corn Hall
01379 652 241 / thecornhall.co.uk

17th November 2019
Hitchin Folk Club
01462 812 391 / hitchinfolkclub.co.u

18th November 2019
North Boarhunt, Hants
Forest Folk
01329 833 625 / forestfolk.co.uk

23rd January 2020
Dublin
Dublin Castle
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Daoirí Farrell – Ireland dates – February 2020

Three times 2019 RTÉ Folk Award nominee

15th February 2020
Omagh
Dún Uladh
028 8224 2777

16th February 2020
Dundalk
The Spirit Store
042 935 2697

19th February 2020
Limerick City
Upstairs at Dolan’s
061 314 483

20th February 2020
Cork
Winthrop Avenue
021 427 6165

21st February 2020
Abbeyfeale
Glórach Theatre
087 1383940

22nd February 2020
Doolin
Hotel Doolin

23rd February 2020
Galway
Roisin Dubh
091 586540

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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