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Daoiri Farrell Lunches his CD in Monaghan.

Daoiri (Derry) Farrell is from the Crumlin area of Dublin and is studying music at College in Dublin but has already established a fine name for himself as a singer and musician, especially on the Bouzouki. His style is versatile but Christy Moore comes to mind while watching and listening to him perform. This new CD has ten tracks and is called - ‘The First Turn’ and should be available in local music shops very soon or indeed you can get one through the Blackwater Valley Traditional Music School. It was through his connections with Pauric Mohan that he first visited the north Monaghan/Aughnacloy area and so decided on a launch of his CD here. The launch was held in the Westenra Hotel, Monaghan, and the evening opened with a performance from the Blackwater Trad Band, under the watchful eye and expert ear of Marina McCluskey - Mohan. That was an excellent display of musical talent, which has been developed in the Blackwater School and these young teenagers were delightful to listen to. Down below we have included a short clip from their programme but this recording does not do justice to the brilliant sound they produced.

Daoiri then took to the stage with his backing musicians, all of whom are expert and top class performers: Alan Doherty - Flute, whistles;Cajon - formerlly of the well known group Grada; James Ryan - Guitar - also plays with Niamh Ni Charra and Nabac; and Robbie Walsh - Bodhran - 2008 Senior All Ireland Bodhran Champion (boy, can he make that thing talk!!).

However Daoiri got a great welcome and all of his songs received a very enthusiastic reception from the audience. I tell you now - watch this name as he has the talent to go far and we will hear a lot more of him. If you get the chance - do get his CD and hear him for yourself.

Below we also have a short interview with this very pleasant and down to earth young man, and he could not be anything different as I had a great chat with his very friendly and affable father at the launch.

Check him out at his own website - www.daoiri.com

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If you click on the photo above you should be able to listen to them perform prior to the launch in the Westenra Hotel, Monaghan

Click on Daoiri’s photo above to hear a short interview with him.

All photos are copyright of Peadar McMahon.

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