Clonmel World Music Proudly Presents: Daoiri Farrell (IRE)

by admin on 20/11/2017

Daoiri Farrell (IRE) with Special Guest Cian Smith (Uileann Pipes/Flute) play the Raheen House Hotel Clonmel, Saturday 25th November 2017

For the final show in the Clonmel Winter Music Festival, and for its final show of 2017, Clonmel World Music is delighted to welcome Daoiri Farrell, from Dublin.

A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on RTE, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being 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.

After a promising debut album, The First Turn, back in 2009, Daoirí spent several years studying traditional music and performance at The University of Limerick. It was here that Fintan Vallely introduced him to the singing of the late Liam Weldon, an encounter that was to prove formative to his sound and his approach to folk song.

Daoirí had cut his teeth as a singer in Dublin’s famous Góilin Singers Club, where he was spotted early on by Christy Moore, and at other sessions across the city, many of which he still visits. In 2013 he won the All Ireland Champion Singer award at the Fleadh in Co. Derry, and in 2015 won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections in Glasgow with the line-up FourWinds.  Daoirí’s live performance of Creggan White Hare from The First Turn album has quietly reached over 250,000 hits. 

Daoirí finally stepped into the limelight when he launched his own solo live career at the 2016 Celtic Connections. His determination not to put out another album until he was sure it was the best he could produce, means the long-awaited release of True Born Irishman in October 2016 was hugely anticipated, and it has proved a massive success and has given him a launchpad to the world. 

As the final touches were being made to the album, and as a relative unknown to the UK audience, in May 2016 he was invited to fly to Manchester to do a live session on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe. Two UK tours and UK festival dates followed in 2016 including Moseley Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and FolkEast. 

At that stage calls were coming in from across the world and dates were put in place in Australia, Canada, Belgium, Denmark for 2017. Six months after releasing the album ‘True Born Irishman’ Daoirí won two prestigious 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Newcomer, and Best Traditional Track and also performed live at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

‘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

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

‘An album that could yet prove to be one of the most significant Irish releases of recent years.’ **** Songlines

‘The creamy forthrightness of Paul Brady, the occasional guile and nuance of Andy Irvine and the attitude and approach to material, perhaps, of Christy Moore.  Not a bad trio of names to throw into a barrel of comparisons but the signs are all there that this is a guy with the conviction and wherewithal to justify them and take the re-birth of authentic Irish song-making several leagues forward…an exceptionally good singer and a great bunch of songs.  Is any more than that needed?  Not in this case.’  fRoots

He has a full schedule for 2018 already, and is lined up for The Transatlantic Sessions tour and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in Jan 2018, and he will be appearing at most of the big UK Folk Festivals next year.

Daoiri Farrell is the real deal, come along to Raheen House Clonmel next Saturday night to see what all the fuss is all about.

Special guest next Sat night will be Cian Smith, from Clonmel. He is an amazing talent on the Uileann pipes and he already has appearances on the Late Late show and on major UK TV shows under his belt, and he is only 14 years old ! Cian will be back for his Clonmel World Music performance from an appearance at a major event in Boston USA

Doors for the gig will open at 8pm, and the music will commence at 8.45. Tickets for this great gig are on sale now, at only €15 each, and are available online at, also in Marians Bookshop. O’Connell St.  Clonmel , from South Tipperary Arts Centre, Nelson Street Clonmel, or from Gerry Lawless on 086 3389619.



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