From a teen growing up in Crumlin in the 90s, to touring the world as a multi-award winning solo artist, Daoirí Farrell shares his incredible journey with us and treats us to a few tunes along the way.
Where do you start? Maybe the obvious place, the place I first came across his music thanks to a tip from my good mate from Ballycastle, Alex Campbell: his version of The Creggan White Hare. This is the song me and Darren refer to in our intro, a song which at the time of writing has a meagre 1,287,874 views on YouTube:
I first heard The Creggan White Hare on the Dick Gaughan / Andy Irvine album 'Parallel Lines.' Which, to be honest, is an album I've never loved. I mean, what's not to love about a collaboration like that? I love Andy Irvine's music, I love Dick Gaughan's music. It should be my all time favourite. And yet, somehow it doesn't quite work for me. Though it does have a very stately version of Dylan's 'My Back Pages.'
There's something about Daoirí's version of 'The Creggan White Hare' that I prefer. It's more robust, or something. I mean, it's unstoppable. That's what it is. It has a sense of fate about it. It's existential, man.
As for The Pursuit of Farmer Michael Hayes...you can find it on the Planxty album After The Break.There's some interesting info here about possible origins:
We also chat at the end of our interview about 'Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Jimmy Faulkner, Live In Dublin' - an album I first heard thanks, also, to my pal Alex Campbell. I can remember the cover of that album so clearly, and trying to decipher the newsprint while sitting on Alex's bed. We'd listen over and over again, trying to learn the chords of 'Hey Sandy,' until his mum took pity on us and arrived up with a plate of ham sandwiches and mugs of tea. God love her, she had the patience of a saint. Anyway, it's another album that's worth hunting down if you've not heard it already.
Thanks again Daoirí.