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Daoiri Farrell

Folk // NORWICH, Dublin // he/him

Winner of two BBC Folk Awards and nominee for Folk Singer of the Year in the 2024 RTÉ Folk Awards

‘Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade’
Dónal Lunny

‘I’ve been listening to Daoirí’s emerging sounds since first hearing him at the Góilin Singers Club in Dublin when he was a young lad….always a treat to hear him sing.’
Christy Moore

'It doesn't get much better than that. The real deal. What a voice.'
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

‘Daoirí Farrell is singlehandedly spearheading a resurgence of the authentic in Irish folk music…he is rightly in demand all over the world.’ Irish Music

‘The finest Irish male folk singer-storyteller this side of Christy Moore and Paul Brady.’ The Weekend Australian

It’s commonly accepted that Dublin-born singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell is one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years.

A product of Dublin’s famous club An Góilin Traditional Singers, since launching his own solo live career at the 2016 Celtic Connections, Daoirí Farrell has gone from strength to strength. On the verge of releasing his fourth solo album in early 2023, he can boast numerous honours from multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards to ALSR Celtic Music accolades.

He has received endorsements from the likes of Christy Moore (‘Daoirí has assumed the mantle of Luke [Kelly]’), Mark Radcliffe (‘What a voice’) and Dónal Lunny (‘Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade’), with his music and live performances earning the acclaim of respected publications including MOJO, The Irish Post, Songlines and more.

On record

The debut album, ‘The First Turn’, surfaced back in 2009, with his breakthrough album appearing in 2016 with the powerful ‘True Born Irishman’, a set that Songlines called ‘an album that could yet prove to be one of the most significant Irish releases of recent years.’ It went on to win him two prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Following 2019’s ‘A Lifetime Of Happiness’, which earned three nominations in the RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards and FATEA’s ‘nothing less than a quintessential Irish folk album’ approval, Daoirí’s long-awaited fourth album, ‘The Wedding Above In Glencree’, was released in late February 2023 and made the RTÉ Radio 2 playlist in Ireland and reached number 11 on the Official UK Folk Albums Chart.

Reviews of ‘The Wedding Above In Glencree’

‘He has the best Irish traditional voice currently around; if there’s better, I’ve yet to hear it.’ Folk Radio UK
‘Torch bearer for Irish folk song delivers an album full of heart.’ The Irish Times
‘It’s no secret that Daoirí Farrell has become a leading interpreter of traditional songs. With The Wedding Above In Glencree, he provides more ammunition for the fact.’ At The Barrier
‘Not simply the best album so far from Farrell, The Wedding Above In Glencree already sounds very much like a landmark album in Irish acoustic music.’ ****Songlines
‘Accomplishment of the highest order’ ****RnR

On stage

Daoirí’s live work sees the 2013 All Ireland Champion Singer touring far and wide, performing regularly at festivals around the globe including in Canada, Australia and Europe. He has also toured the USA as vocalist for Lúnasa, performed in the UK in the line-up of the renowned Transatlantic Sessions and played to a live and TV audience at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

More recently, March 2020 saw him live stream from what he called ‘The Covid Corner’ of his kitchen in Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day. It was followed by an additional twenty-five consecutive weekly online performances, attracting worldwide audiences with over 15,000 views each week and resulted in an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme. In 2023 he toured Ireland, UK, USA and Australia and played festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Rudolstadt Festival (Germany), Folk Holidays (Czech Republic) and Port Fairy Folk Festival (Australia).

As well as touring internationally, Daoirí still hones his art with regular unannounced visits to the many sessions across the city of Dublin.

Stats @ 30.11.23:
Spotify Wrapped 2023: 1,332,640 streams / 185,302 listeners / played in 160 countries / added to 15,707 playlists / time spent listening 83,588 hours / 110,994 new listeners / 4,437 shares
Facebook: 18,000 followers
Instagram: 5,731 followers
Youtube: 41,300 subscribers / videos: Irish flight delay 28m views / Best kept secret 4.3m views / The Foggy Dew 1.6m views
Mailing list: 2,293 subscribers

(“It’s ‘Derry’ for those of you don’t know me yet”)

Upcoming Gigs

13th September 2024 19:00 Daoirí Farrell Trio - SOLD OUT More details