Watch Daoirí Farrell's winning performance in the BBC Folk Awards 2017

Congrats to Dubliner Daoirí Farrell for his win in the BBC Radio 2's Folk Show awards. Now in their 18th year, "the Awards are a key highlight of the folk music calendar and serve to raise the profile of folk music. Talent, new and old, received accolades including Folk Singer of the Year, Best Duo, Best Album, Musician of the Year, Young Folk Award and more. Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Ry Cooder and Al Stewart.

Daoirí Farrell won awards for Best traditional track as well as the Horizon Award.  Here is his winning performance.

The full list of winers were

  • Folk Singer Of The Year presented by Sharleen Spiteri
    Kris Drever
  • Best Duo presented by Peter Lord of Aardman Animations
    Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton
  • Best Group presented by Sir Ray Davies
    The Furrow Collective
  • Best Album presented by Mark Kermode
    Songs Of Separation by Songs of Separation
  • Horizon Award presented by Rachel and Becky Unthank (of The Unthanks)
    Daoirí Farrell
  • Musician Of The Year presented by Gus Unger-Hamilton from Alt-J
    Rachel Newton
  • Best Original Track presented by Susie Dent
    If Wishes Were Horses by Kris Drever
  • Best Traditional Track presented by Pauline Black of The Selecter
    Van Diemen’s Land by Daoirí Farrell
  • BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award presented by Simon Nicol of Fairport Convention
    Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente
  • Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Tony Blackburn
    Al Stewart
  • Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Nick Lowe
    Ry Cooder
  • Hall Of Fame Inductee
    Woody Guthrie


Daoirí Farrell arrived on the folk scene in 2016, seemingly from nowhere, though he had in fact been studying traditional music for years in Ireland while being drafted in as accompanying artist to some of the biggest names on the Irish music scene including Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine and more.  But in 2016 he emerged as an artist in his own right with the release of 'True Born Irishman', supported by a host of festival appearances and two UK tours. 2017 has already seen him tour Australia for five weeks, before returning for the folk awards.

He has summer festival dates lined up in the UK, Belgium, Denmark, Canada and more.  Tour dates for late Oct/early Nov 2017 and May 2018 are currently filling for further UK tours.  

Some other highlights from the evening

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