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.