Daoiri Farrell will be the guest of Clonmel World Music at Raheen House Hotel this Saturday night, November 25th.
For the final show in the Clonmel Winter Music Festival, and for its final show of the year, Clonmel World Music is delighted to welcome Daoiri Farrell from Dublin to Raheen House Hotel this Saturday night, November 25th.
A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on RTE, traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) is described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to emerge 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.
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. His live performance of Creggan White Hare from The First Turn album has reached over 250,000 hits online.
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, meant the long-awaited release of True Born Irishman in October 2016 was hugely anticipated. 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 this year. 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.
The special guest at Raheen House on Saturday night will be Cian Smith, from Ballymacarbry. He is an amazing talent on the Uileann pipes and already has appearances on The Late Late Show and on major UK television, and is only 14 years old. Cian will be back for his Clonmel World Music performance following an appearance at a major event in Boston, USA.
Doors for the gig open at 8pm, and the music will commence at 8.45. Tickets are on sale now, at only €15 each, and are available online at www.clonmelworldmusic.com; in Marian's Bookshop, O’Connell Street, Clonmel; from South Tipperary Arts Centre, Nelson Street; or from Gerry Lawless on 086-3389619.