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Daoiri Farrell and Damien O'Kane

  • Date

    Sat 18 Mar


    The Assembly Room


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Powerful Irish traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell and northern Irish musician Damien O’Kane double headline this gig to bring us the best in Irish folk music!

Daoirí Farrell's distinct, perceptive and fluid vocals are teamed with an instrumental musicianship honed through years of study, all driven by a deep love of Irish traditional song. The result is a musician hailed by Dónal Lunny as the "most important traditional singer to emerge in recent years." Daoirí took up music himself at the relatively late age of 16 and only started to perform at 23 but has continued to gain in stature among the Irish folk-singing circuit, and has toured in numerous line-ups throughout Ireland and beyond.

Daoirí Farrell has secured three nominations in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards to be held at The Royal Albert Hall in London on 5th April 2017. 

Daoirí receives nominations for:
The Best Singer Award
The Horizon Award
The Best Traditional Track Award
(for ‘Van Diemen’s Land’ from his album ‘True Born Irishman’)

"Daoiri is a bit of a force of nature really. A rootsy one-man-band storyteller with great humour and presence and moments of heartfelt sensitivity. What a guy!" Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

Damien O’Kane is a musician of many talents. Teamed up with master guitarist Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra/Kate Rusby) and Steven Iveson’s (Damien O’Kane Band) sublime and exhilarating electric guitar playing, this is a trio that take traditional Irish music and song and make it for the 21st century. O’Kane is a singer with a relaxed, assured, hypnotic vocal style that exudes a natural warmth and empathy with the colourful characters who occupy his songs. Added to his accomplished banjo and guitar skills, he is an artist of rich imagination and fearless vision.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 nominee for Best Album

"‘As magnificent a re-­‐imagining of traditional folk as you are likely to hear." Sunday Express

Recommended for all ages.

Tickets £14.50

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