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Daoirí Farrell’s Long Awaited Fourth Album & Spring Tour Dates Announced

Dec 15, 2022

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.

Now at the forefront of the current Irish Music scene, Daoiri’s much anticipated fourth solo album  ‘The Wedding Above In Glencree’ is due for release on 24th February. Recorded & Engineered by Trevor Hutchinson  (LUNASA / WATERBOY’S)  and with a special guest appearance from Nashville’s Jerry Douglas on Dobro.

Daoiri  fourth solo album, in his own words, ‘combines the rawness of my first album, the impact of my second album and the beauty of my third album.’ The culmination of those three albums and over a decade of recording and touring, ‘The Wedding Above In Glencree’ is a landmark album for Daoirí; Crafted and honed over two and a half years, it is the work of a mature artist who has succeeded in taking on the challenge of recording an acoustic album that heads deep into the heart of the songs.

Not tempted to latch onto musical trends, Daoirí has instead trodden his own path, founded on a deep respect for folk music’s oral tradition with a number of the songs on ‘The Wedding Above in Glencree’ collected from long-time members of Dublin’s, An Góilin Traditional Singers club.

The album’s traditional songs are complemented by original works from Pecker Dunne, Ron Hynes, Paddy Ban O’Brien as well as Canon Charles O’Neill’s ‘The Foggy Dew’, the latter initially appearing as his contribution to the RTE One TV production, ‘Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song’. Also featured is the first self-penned tune by Daoirí, a track called ‘Damien Walsh’s’

The album is drenched with a powerful and evocative sense of place, set squarely in the country of Daoirí’s birth. ‘Young Emmet’ tells of Irish Republican Robert Emmet, while the 1798 rebellion is at the heart of ‘Father Murphy’, while the nine-verse extravaganza title track is described by Daoirí as, “recounting the tale of a chaotic wedding, celebrated to excess, that may well have been held in the Glencree valley…”

Not without its light-hearted moments – along with the ring of his bouzouki and his unmatched vocal, a signature feature of a Daoirí Farrell album is ‘a song about a dog’, in this case the cautionary tale for betting folk ‘Murphy’s Running Dog’, whilst ‘Clasped To The Pig’ comes complete with a chorus that will surely be a bring-the-house-down moment when played live

Daoirí performs unaccompanied on ‘Slieve Gallion Braes’ and ‘Murphy’s Running Dog’, respecting and continuing the tradition of social singing and harking back to 2013 and his coveted prize as All Ireland Champion Singer. ‘The Wedding Above In Glencree’ truly bears the fruits of everything Daoirí Farrell has absorbed to date.

Daoirí is joined on the album by a stellar cast of musicians that includes Manus Lunny (guitar, bouzouki and bass bouzouki), Paddy Kiernan (5-string banjo), Mark Redmond (uilleann pipes and whistles), Pat Daly (fiddle and harmonium), Trevor Hutchinson (upright bass), Robbie Walsh (hand pan and bodhran), Alan Doherty (whistles), Geoff Kinsella (tenor banjo)and a special guest appearance on ‘Sonny’s Dream’ by internationally renowned bluegrass dobro player, Jerry Douglas.

The album was made possible with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland.

UK DATES APRIL / MAY 2023

Wednesday 19 April – Cramlington Folk Club

Thursday 20 April – Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Friday 21 April – Folk at the Meadows, Belper

Saturday 22 April – Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch Leisure Centre

Sunday 23 April – Temperance, Leamington Spa

Thursday 27 April – Calstock Arts Centre, Cornwall

Friday 28 April – Pound Arts, Corsham

Saturday 29 April – Devoran Village Hall, Falmouth

Sunday 30 April – Topsham Folk Club, Devon

Tuesday 2 May – Quay Arts, Newport, IOW

Wednesday 3 May – The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford

Thursday 4 May – Rope & Tackle Arts Centre, Shoreham by Sea

Friday 5 May – Kings Place, London (Daoiri Farrell Trio)

Saturday 6 May – Forest Arts, New Milton

Sunday 7 May – Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin, Cambs.

Tuesday 9 May – Norwich Arts

Wednesday 10 May – Lakeside Arts, Nottingham

Thursday 11 May – Cast, Doncaster

 

The Wedding Above in Glencree will be released on 24 February 2023 

Pre order here: theweddingaboveinglencree

For more information visit Daoirí Farrell onlineWebsite / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Youtube

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