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 which Folk Radio’s Johnny Whalley reviewed declaring “Daoirí Farrell is growing into a force to be reckoned with on the Irish music scene.” Earlier that month Johnny also interviewed Daoirí – the man can tell a good story as you read for yourself here.
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.
He also does a nice spin at airports – clocking up over 3 million views to a video filmed by his dad while they were waiting for a delayed Irish flight.
Anyhow, he’s back in the studio again 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.
As well as touring next month, Cambridge Folk Festival have also announced today that he has been booked for this year’s festival.
Daoirí Farrell May 2018 tour dates
Weds 9th – The Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Thurs 10th – The Witham, Barnard Castle
Fri 11th – Folk At The Grove, Leeds
Sat 12th – The Guildhall Theatre, Derby
Sun 13th – Selby Town Hall
Mon 14th – The Bell Inn, Driffield
Tues 15th – Galeri Caernarfon
Wed 16th – Burnett’s Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire
Fri 18th – Downend Folk Club, Bristol
Sat 19th – St. Cadoc’s Church, Caerleon
Sun 20th – Devoran Village Hall, Cornwall
Wed 23rd – The Irish Cultural Centre, London
Thurs 24th – South Street Arts Centre, Reading
More information can be found here: http://daoiri.com/