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Double Bill: Damien O’Kane Trio + Daoirí Farrell

Folk & Americana at Kings Place
Music / Wednesday, 29 March 2017 - 8:00pm / Hall Two
£12.50 | Savers £9.50*

Northern Irish musician Damien O’Kane, nominated for the coveted Best Album in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, is an artist of rich imagination and fearless vision. Added to his accomplished banjo and guitar skills, his relaxed, assured, hypnotic vocal style exudes a natural warmth and empathy with the colourful characters who occupy his songs. With master guitarists Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra/Kate Rusby) and Steven Iveson (Damien O’Kane Band), this is a trio that take traditional Irish music and song and, in the words of The Telegraph, turn it into ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st Century.’

Damien is in the Kate Rusby Band and is in fact Kate’s husband. He states, ‘Whether I’m playing with Kate or on my own I have a huge love and respect for the music and I love to sing and play it. I feel very lucky and privileged to have had the chance to play with some great musicians. Long may it last.’ And so say all of us...


Three 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nominations! – Best Singer, Best Newcomer, Best Traditional Track

Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is 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 in 2016 he delivered the album to prove them right, True Born Irishman. Daoirí cut his teeth as a singer in Dublin’s famous Góilin Singers Club, where he was spotted early on by Christy Moore. 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: Dónal Lunny, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Alan Doherty, Danú, Dervish, Julie Fowlis, Arty McGlynn, The John Carty Big Band, Kíla, Sean Keane, Gerry O’Connor (banjo), Gerry O’Connor (fiddle), Lynched and more. Following award wins at Fleadh Cheoil, Co. Derry (2013) and Celtic Connections, Glasgow (2015), Daoirí finally stepped into the limelight launched his own solo live career at the 2016 Celtic Connections.

‘Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade.’ Dónal Lunny
‘Daoirí 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.’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

 

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