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Daoiri Farrell

Folk Awards star at St Mary in the Castle

Dublin’s Daoiri Farrell has a forthcoming Arts Council England/Root Music backed 9 November gig at Hastings St Mary In The Castle? He’s filled the Royal Albert Hall and is already winning awards right, left & centre, including two recent prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. 

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 and 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.

‘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

‘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

Daoiri FarrellThursday 9 November 2017: St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings on 01424 451111. Book tickets via the St Mary in the Castle website.

Daoiri Farrell

Daoiri Farrell

Posted 13:15 Monday, Oct 9, 2017 In: Music & Sound

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