Singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is 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. Six months after releasing the album ‘True Born Irishman’ Daoirí won two prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track, and performed live at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Since then he has toured Ireland, the UK, Australia and Germany, and played at festivals in the same plus Canada, Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands and more. In February 2018 he toured with the all-star Transatlantic Sessions to major venues across the UK and in 2022 and 2023 he joined Lúnasa as guest vocalist for US touring.
Daoirí released the album ‘A Lifetime Of Happiness’, produced by Dónal Lunny, in February 2019 and in Ireland was nominated for three RTE Folk Awards later that year. Through the first Covid lockdown Daoirí attracted up to 15,000 viewers a week for his weekly live streamed concerts which ran every Sunday night from March-August 2020.
His fourth album, ‘The Wedding Above In Glencree’, recorded with Trevor Hutchinson of The Waterboys/Lunasa was released in February 2023.
He is joined by uilleann piper Mark Redmond and bodhran player Robbie Walsh as the Daoirí Farrell Trio.
‘Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade’ – Dónal Lunny
‘His powerfully unadorned vocals might be from any era, variously recalling Paul Brady and Andy Irvine…it’s a powerful statement.’ **** Mojo