WINNER OF 2 x BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS TO TOUR UK THIS AUTUMN
‘Effortless, instinctive, natural… The real deal’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
‘Farrell has created quite a buzz in Ireland…it’s easy to hear why. His powerfully unadorned vocals might be from any era, variously recalling Paul Brady and Andy Irvine… It’s a powerful statement.’ **** Mojo
‘Put his ferocious and dramatic version of ‘Van Diemen’s Land’ against the pitiful U2 ‘Rattle And Hum’ rendition and the depth and intensity of Farrell’s art is clear. Bold and undeniable.’ **** Daily Mirror
‘The creamy forthrightness of Paul Brady, the occasional guile and nuance of Andy Irvine and the attitude and approach to material, perhaps, of Christy Moore. Not a bad trio of names to throw into a barrel of comparisons but the signs are all there that this is a guy with the conviction and wherewithal to justify them and take the re-birth of authentic Irish song-making several leagues forward..’ fRoots
‘It’s not hard to understand why the mighty Donal Lunny has championed him… An album that could yet prove to be one of the most significant Irish releases of recent years.’ **** Songlines
A former electrician, who only decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell was recently described by Irish folk legend Dónal Lunny as, ‘One of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade’.
Following his studies in traditional music, Daoirí quickly found work accompanying a stable of artists that pretty much reads like a who’s who of Irish folk music: Christy Moore, 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), Lynched and more. In 2013 he won the All Ireland Champion Singer award at The Fleadh in Co. Derry.
He launched his live solo career at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in January 2016 and hasn’t looked back since, releasing his album ‘True Born Irishman’ in October 2016 to huge acclaim, leading to his two BBC Radio 2 Folk Award wins in April 2017 where he was also nominated for the Singer Of The Year award.
In 2017, he has already performed festival dates in Ireland, the UK, Belgium, Denmark, Canada and Australia (at Australia’s National Folk Festival) and toured on a double-headline tour with Damien O’Kane earlier this year too. UK summer festival performances included a slot at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival.
Daoiri returns to the UK in autumn 2017 to play his first solo dates since winning his 2 x prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards;
Sun 29th Grimsby Folk Club, Spider’s Web Pub, Grimsby
Mon 30th White Horse Folk Club, Catholic Church, Beverley
Tues 31st Glee Club, Birmingham
Thurs 2nd The Grand, Clitheroe
Fri 3rd Doncaster Roots Music Club, Doncaster Catholic Club
Sun 5th Twickfolk, Twickenham
Mon 6th Nettlebed Village Club, nr. Henley-on-Thames
Tues 7th The Water Rats, London
Weds 8th Hambledon Folk Club, Hampshire
Thurs 9th St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings
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