Waterford, County Waterford
Deaf Joe is the alter-ego of Irish musician Joe Harney from Waterford, Ireland.
Joe released his first full-length album, ‘Burrowings’, in 2012. The album was formed largely during a
residency at The Model, a contemporary theatre in Sligo in the West of Ireland. The album was warmly
received by critics and fans, and widely praised for the quality of the songwriting and the warm, hushed
folk textures. The closing track on the album, ‘Joanna’, featured on MTV’s Teen Wolf Season 3.
The second album, ‘From The Heights Of A Dream’ was released in 2014, the ambitious physical release
housed in a hardbound book designed in collaboration with Irish visual artist Paul Hallahan. This picture book reflected on the country of a bygone era seen though the prism of modern Ireland. The album was
praised for combining modern electronic elements with the folk songs Joe was already well known for
writing. In late 2014, Joe was proud to receive an invitation to play his music at Áras an Uachtaráin, the
residence of the President of Ireland, at a presidential garden party.
Joe’s musical output extends into the areas of theatre, dance and contemporary art, where he has amassed
diverse collaborations with some of Ireland’s finest creative minds. He has also worked for many years with
disadvantaged young people in the community engaging them in music and the creative arts.
Joe’s home town is Waterford City and in recent times he has branched out to Dublin, and now lives
between the two cities, as well as spending time in the United Kingdom. A new album, born out of a
collaborative project with fellow Irish musicians, is due for release in early 2017.
"'From The Heights Of A Dream' uses folk textures processed to make something more challenging and at times, uneasy listening." Nialler9.com --- Recommended Album
"Deaf Joe’s second album sees the songwriter breathe new, electronic life into his brand of hushed folk.. It’s music tailored to headphones and the rain-streaked windows of a long haul journey." State.ie
"An album that doesn’t bow to the pressures of modern popular taste is admirable, one that executes its concept so well is an essential record." Goldenplec.com
"Joe emerges pearl-like from his shell. Sublime songs and divine inspiration; a potent mix." - Donal Dineen, Today FM