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Daoirí Farrell, Multiple 2017 BBC Folk Award winner, on tour May 2018

Apr 16, 2018

Singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell has established himself at the forefront of Irish folk music in the last two years.

A former electrician whose direction in life changed after he saw a performance of Christy Moore on Irish TV, has been attracting attention across the world since his performance at Celtic Connections in Glasgow in January 2016, while the press have repeatedly compared him to some of the biggest names in Irish music. In October 2016 he released the album True Born Irishman.

‘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 following April he won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in a ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Since then Daoirí has travelled across the globe, clocking up performances at some of the biggest folk events in the world including the National Folk Festival of Australia, Cambridge Folk Festival, Vancouver Island Festival in Canada, Folk Alliance International in the USA, Tønder Festival in Denmark, Dranouter Festival in Belgium and more.

In February 2018 he toured major venues in the UK in the all-star line-up of Transatlantic Sessions.

Meanwhile Daoirí’s video performance of Creggan White Hare has to date achieved over 500,000 hits on Youtube.

Daoirí is currently recording the follow-up to True Born Irishman with Dónal Lunny producing and Manus Lunny engineering. The album is due for release in October 2018.

Catch him live if you can at one of the following venues:

May 2018 tour dates

Weds 9th          The Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

0151 709 3789 /

Thurs 10th        The Witham, Barnard Castle

01833 631107 /

Fri 11th             Folk At The Grove, Leeds /

Sat 12th           The Guildhall Theatre, Derby

01332 255800 / / Ticket Hotline 01773 853428

Sun 13th          Selby Town Hall

01757 708449 /

Mon 14th          The Bell Inn, Driffield

Tues 15th         Galeri Caernarfon

01286 685222 /

Wed 16th         Burnett’s Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire

01646 621530 / 01646 651725 /

Fri 18th             Downend Folk Club, Bristol

07837 881941 / website

Sat 19th           St. Cadoc’s Church, Caerleon

Box office no 01633 420 404 / website address

Sun 20th          Devoran Village Hall, Cornwall

01872 262 466 /

Wed 23rd         The Irish Cultural Centre, London

0208 5638232 /

Thurs 24th        South Street Arts Centre, Reading

0118 960 6060 /

Effortless, instinctive, natural…the real deal.‘ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show


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Main pic by M Quinn


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