Taking inspiration from the folk greats - Darren Lynch

Dublin folk musician Darren Lynch has released a new album of folk songs called ‘The Spinning Wheel’. The album is a collection of some of the songs he has sung over the past 15 years or more. Groups such as The Fureys, The Dubliners and Sweeney’s Men -  as well as singers like Pecker Dunne and Brendan Behan - did not merely perform these songs, but offered them to listeners as their own story, he says. He feels that this is testament to the timeless quality of the art of the folk song and the stories of yesterday, which stand the test of time and filter into the future by their ability to resonate with every era. Darren’s ear for a song, along with intricate bouzouki work, adds a rich, diverse layer to this album and his take on these folk songs are rooted in a strong tradition of Ballyfermot Musicians.

Also appearing on the album are Derek Copley (banjo/mandolin) and Ais Conway Keogh (fiddle). Darren has played with both Derek and Ais over the years at many trad sessions and festivals. Their talent and style of playing has given the songs on this album a depth and richness Darren was looking for.

Darren started off playing music after finishing a successful amateur boxing career with Crumlin Boxing Club. It was then in his late teens that he picked up the banjo and then later the octave mandolin and mandola. He learned from some of the great folk and trad musicians in his area: that included Tom Moran, Liam O'Neill, Darach de Brun and John Lane. He then went on to play and record with such bands as The Broadside Merchants, So-Ranna, Tam-Lin and The Feekers.

Visit www.darrenlynch.com

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