A former electrician who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player DAOIRI 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, and he headlines our concert this month.
Daoirí (pronounced 'Derry') 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. Following his studies he quickly found work accompanying artists including Christy Moore himself, as well as a list of names that sounds like a who’s who of folk music, including Dónal Lunny, Martin Hayes and many more.
Daoirí finally stepped into the limelight 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 that the long-awaited release of True Born Irishman was hugely anticipated. Indeed when a stream of the album was accidentally leaked online for around an hour in July, it was being shared and tweeted about within minutes.
In February 2017 the BBC announced that Daoirí Farrell had received three BBC Folk Award 2017 nominations, more than any other artist that year. He was subsequently asked to perform at the awards ceremony on 5th April at The Royal Albert Hall and went on to win the Horizon Award for best newcomer and Best Traditional Track Award for Van Diemen’s Land from the album True Born Irishman.
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be ROSIE HOOD, a young folk singer from Wiltshire, known for her strong, pure voice and engaging solo performance. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer.
Having started learning folk songs at an early age from her family, Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs.
Rosie’s Fellowship year with the English Folk Dance & Song Society proved a pivotal point in her career giving her time and space to develop as an artist. The year saw Rosie develop her song-writing with mentor Emily Portman, hone her instrumental skills and even resulted in a transatlantic collaboration with New York based singer and guitarist Jefferson Hamer.
2017 saw the release of Rosie's debut album The Beautiful & The Actual, a collection of old and new folk songs.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 18th May 2018, are available from MELANIE'S KITCHEN or online HERE. They are priced at £12 each in advance (£10 for members), or £14 on the door. There will be a full bar, stocking Severn Cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO., and also locally-made NAUGHTY BROWNIES. There will be a raffle with prizes including CDs, gift boxes of beer and sweet treats. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket as part of our drive to be more environmentally aware.