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

The Lifetime Of Happiness Tour – Spring 2019

Scotland/Ireland Tour May/June 2019

24th May 2019
Dundalk
The Spirit Store
042 935 2697 / spiritstore.ie

31st May 2019
Greenock
Beacon Arts Centre
01475 723 723 / beaconartscentre.co.uk

1st June 2019
Oban
The View
01631 569 599 / obanview.com

2nd June 2019
Inverness
Eden Court
01463 234 234 / eden-court.co.uk

5th June 2019
Glenbuchat Village Hall
01975 641 303 / events@glenbuchatmusic.co.uk

6th June 2019
Glassel
Glassel Hall
07771 621 577 / bryony.smith@btinternet.com

7th June 2019
Peebles
Eastgate Theatre
01721 725 777 / eastgatearts.com

8th June 2019
Cockermouth
The Kirkgate Centre
01900 826 448 / kirkgatearts.org.uk

9th June 2019
Edinburgh
Soundhouse at The Traverse
0131 228 1404 / soundhouse.org.uk

14th June 2019
Co. Clare
Doolin Folk Festival

19th June 2019
Co. Westmeath
Mullingar Arts Centre
044 934 7777 / mullingarartscentre.ie

20th June 2019
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Moynihan’s Pub
08633 89 619 / clonmelworldmusic.com

21st June 2019
Cork
Cyprus Avenue
BO no 0214276165 / cyprusavenue.ie

22nd June 2019
Co. Laois
Bob’s Bar, Durrow
+353 876165484

23rd June 2019
Galway
Roisin Dubh
091 586 540 / roisindubh.net

26th June 2019
Linenhall Arts Centre
094 902 3733 / thelinenhall.com

28th June 2019
Co. Mayo
Áras Inis Glauire, Belmullet
+353 97 81079

6th July 2019
East Yorkshire
Moonbeams Festival

20th July 2019
Isle of Man
Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering
The Daoiri Farrell Trio

24th - 26th July 2019
Albiez-Montrond, France
Celtcimes

29th July - 2nd August 2019
Hexham, England
Folkworks Summer School

24th August 2019
Kirkcaldy
Adam Smith Theatre
James Yorkston Presents: Tae Sup Wi' A Fifer: Horse McDonald/Daoirí Farrell/Kaviraj Singh

1st September 2019
Birmingham, England
Moseley Folk Festival
Trio show - 0121 200 1521 / 0121 449 2709

8th September 2019
Bromyard Folk Festival
The Daoiri Farrell Trio

8th September 2019
Bromyard, England
Bromyard Folk Festival
Trio show - 07990 629 203

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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