Daoirí Farrell hosts ‘Corner Sesh’ online

Live from Bluebell: Daoirí Farrell

The irrepressible Dublin singer and musician, Daoirí Farrell, has been hosting a weekly session from his home in Bluebell – ably assisted by partner, Caitríona, and sister, Ciara – streaming live on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

Review of the First Sesh

Since the health crisis began, a number of artists have been using social media to live-stream one or two songs online from time to time – even daily in some cases – performers like Paul Brady, Steph Geremia, Mike Hanrahan, Karen Casey, Cathy Jordan, Sharon Shannon, Trevor Sexton, Martin Healy and Macdara Yeates as well as a host of singers from singing clubs around Ireland. However, one of the biggest live-streamed solo gigs – both in terms of duration and in terms of audience size so far has been Daoirí Farrell’s concert from his living room in Bluebell, Dublin on March 22.

Daoirí played for over an hour to an immediate audience of one – his partner, Caitríona – and a virtual worldwide live audience that peaked at close to 1200 across the three platforms, (Many more have since viewed the recorded streams of the gig). He quickly negotiated the absence of a real audience and the energy that they can bring. He became more comfortable as he acclimatised to this new way of performing – with comments (including requests) relayed to him between songs by Caitríona who was monitoring the feeds on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. The effortless power, that is a hallmark of Daoirí’s singing – allied to his remarkable breath control and his animated bouzouki playing – defied the limitations of the technology as the connection grew with his incorporeal audience. The exuberance of his singing was matched by the depth of his playing which at times sounded as if there was more than one instrument backing him.

Between the singing, of course, there was informative chat about the songs and the instruments (including the new mandocello and Andy Irvine’s guitar-shaped bouzouki) as well as the liberal application of hand-sanitiser. And, of course, there was also banter – always good humoured and often self-deprecating to the point where he even heckled himself!   During the course of the session, Daoirí referred to “next time.” Next time can’t come quickly enough. Indeed next time is Sunday, March 29 at 10pm (Dublin time) with more likely each week.

Daoiri’s First Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. Van Dieman’s Land
  2. John O’Dreams
  3. Rosie Reilly
  4. Farewell to the Gold
  5. Fergie McCormack
  6. The Valley of Knockanure
  7. The Sun Is Burning
  8. The Mickey Dam
  9. From Galway to Graceland
  10. The Galway Shawl
  11. Clasped to the Pig
  12. The Creggan White Hare

Daoiri’s Second Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. Windmills
  2. Bogie’s Bonnie Belle
  3. The Galway Girl
  4. The Lakes of Pontchartrain
  5. Via Exstasia
  6. Night Visiting Song
  7. There’s the Day
  8. Sweet Portadown
  9. A Pint of Plain
  10. The Cualin (on tin whistle)
  11. Boozing
  12. The Blue Tar Road
  13. McShane
  14. The Creggan White Hare
  15. John O’Dreams

Daoiri’s Third Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore
  2. The Granemore Hare
  3. Páidín Ó’Rafferty
  4. The Foggy Dew
  5. Bonny Woodhall
  6. The Rollicking Boys of Tandragee
  7. Slieve Gallion Braes
  8. Pat Rainey
  9. Grace
  10. Spenser the Rover
  11. Tipping it up to Nancy
  12. The Boys of Barr na Sráide

Daoiri’s Fourth Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. Young Emmet
  2. A Pint of Plain
  3. Lawless
  4. Biddy Mulligan (The Pride of the Coombe)
  5. My Rifle, My Pony and Me (part)
  6. This Land is not Your Own
  7. John O’Dreams
  8. The Valley of Knockanure
  9. Raglan Road
  10. Valentine O’Hara
  11. Sonny’s Dream
  12. The Galway Shawl
  13. The Creggan White Hare
  14. Clasped to the Pig

Daoiri’s Fifth Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. Farewell to the Gold
  2. The Auld Triangle
  3. Na Connerys
  4. Carron Lough Bay
  5. Rosie Reilly
  6. The Craic was 90 in the Isle of Man
  7. The Shady Woods of Trugh
  8. My Love is a Well
  9. The Boys of Barr na Sráide

Daoiri’s Sixth Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. Van Dieman’s Land
  2. The Pool Song
  3. Pat Rainey
  4. Murphy’s Running Dog
  5. The Galway Shawl
  6. The Parting Glass
  7. The Foggy Dew
  8. The Creggan White Hare

Daoiri’s Seventh Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore
  2. Farewell to the Gold
  3. Windmills
  4. Murphy’s Running Dog
  5. The Rollicking Boys around Tandragee
  6. When the Breakers Go Back on Full Time
  7. Van Dieman’s Land
  8. McShane
  9. The Boys of Barr na Sráide
  10. Via Exstasia

Daoiri’s Eighth Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. The Mickey Dam
  2. The Little Drummer
  3. Boozing
  4. Bound for Van Dieman’s Land
  5. Clasped to the Pig
  6. As I Roved Out
  7. Fergie McCormack
  8. Grace
  9. The Lakes of Pontchartrain
  10. The Valley of Knockanure

Daoiri’s Ninth Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. Young Emmet
  2. This Town is not Your Own
  3. From Galway to Graceland
  4. McShane
  5. The Galway Shawl
  6. The Boys of Kilmichael
  7. The Blue Tar Road
  8. The Mickey Dam
  9. The Creggan White Hare
  10. Windmills
  11. Clasped to the Pig

Daoiri’s Tenth Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. Bogie’s Bonnie Belle
  2. Pat Rainey
  3. There’s The Day
  4. The Shady Woods of Trugh
  5. Bonny Woodhall
  6. The Lakes of Pontchartrain
  7. The Foggy Dew
  8. Arthur MacBride
  9. Biddy Mulligan The Pride of the Coombe

Daoiri’s Eleventh Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. Pat Rainey
  2. Farewell to the Gold
  3. The Town I Loved So Well
  4. A Pint of Plain
  5. Tipping it up to Nancy
  6. Bogie’s Bonnie Belle
  7. John O’Dreams
  8. The Creggan White Hare
  9. The Contender
  10. When the Breakers Go Back on Full Time
  11. The Arabic
  12. Sweet Carnlough Bay

Daoiri’s Twelfth Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore
  2. The Creggan White Hare
  3. Valentine O’Hara
  4. The Rare Ould Times
  5. Clasped to the Pig
  6. Sweet Portadown
  7. Taimse im’ Chodladh (whistle instrumental)
  8. The Lambeg Drummer
  9. The Parting Glass

Daoiri’s Thirteenth Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. The Foggy Dew
  2. The Galway Shawl
  3. When the Breakers Go Back on Full Time
  4. McShane
  5. Bonny Woodhall
  6. Van Dieman’s Land
  7. Murphy’s Running Dog
  8. Windmills
  9. The Mickey Dam
  10. John O’Dreams

Daoiri’s Fourteenth Corner Sesh Set List:(with special guest Geoff Kinsella)

  1. Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore
  2. Young Emmet
  3. Jigs
  4. From Galway to Graceland
  5. Tipping it up to Nancy
  6. When the Breakers Go back on Full Time
  7. Hornpipes
  8. Sullivan’s John
  9. A Pint of Plain
  10. The Parting Glass
  11. Creggan White Hare

Daoiri’s Fifteenth Corner Sesh Set List:(with special guest Eoin Kenny)

  1. Dance Medley
  2. Whiskey in the Jar
  3. The Valley of Knockanure
  4. Reel Medley
  5. The Foggy Dew
  6. Slow Air: The Dark Slender Boy
  7. The Crack was 90 in the Isle of Man
  8. The Blue Tar Road
  9. The Fox Chase
  10. Sullivan’s John
  11. Boozing
  12. Jig: The Gold Ring

Daoiri’s Sixteenth Corner Sesh Set List:(with special guests Caoimhe Hogarty and Pat Daly)

  1. Sonny’s Dream
  2. The Galway Shawl
  3. I’ll Tell Me Ma
  4. Sweet Portadown
  5. England’s Motorway (Come My Little Son)
  6. The Parting Glass
  7. I Only Want to Be with You
  8. If Ever You Go to Dublin Town
  9. Donal Óg
  10. The Valley of Knockanure
  11. Caledonia
  12. The Creggan White Hare
  13. Both Sides the Tweed

Daoiri’s Seventeenth Corner Sesh Set List:

  1. From Galway to Graceland
  2. A Pint of Plain
  3. Van Diemen’s Land
  4. Tipping it up to Nancy
  5. If Ever You Go to Dublin Town
  6. McShane
  7. O’Sullivan’s John
  8. The Pool Song
  9. The Mickey Dam

Daoiri’s Eighteenth Corner Sesh Set List:(with special guests Barry Lynch, Reidun Schlesinger and Brendan O’Sullivan)

  1. Dance Tunes
  2. The Valley of Knockanure
  3. Reels
  4. Windmills
  5. Miss Hamilton’s (harp solo)
  6. Set of Polkas
  7. The Galway Girl
  8. The Foggy Dew
  9. Marches: O’Neill’s, Dearg Doom and Jig: The Lark in the Morning
  10. Tipping it up to Nancy

Daoiri’s Nineteenth Corner Sesh Set List:(with special guests Blackie O’Connell and Siobhán Peoples)

  1. Jigs: I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave, etc
  2. Pat Rainey
  3. Reels.
  4. The Craic was 90 in the Isle of Man
  5. Jigs: The Larkin in the Morning/The Dawn Chorus
  6. If Ever You Go to Dublin Town
  7. The Rollicking Boys of Tandragee
  8. Reels: Colonel Fraser’s/My Love is in America
  9. The Creggan White Hare
  10. Reels: The Old Bush/The Mountain Top/Lucy’s Reel

Daoiri’s Twentieth Corner Sesh Set List(with special guest Alan Burke)

  1. The Ould Triangle
  2. Van Diemen’s Land
  3. Biddy McGrath
  4. The Galway Shawl
  5. Bridget Donahue
  6. The Mickey Dam
  7. Derry Gaol
  8. Murphy’s Running Dog
  9. The Galtee Mountain Boy
  10. The Foggy Dew
  11. The Seven Irishmen

Daoiri’s Twenty-first Corner Sesh Set List(with special guests Jerry O’Reilly and Rosie Davis)

  1. Windmills
  2. Shift and Spin
  3. The Wheels of the World
  4. Pat Rainey
  5. Henry My Son
  6. Jim Jones
  7. A Pint of Plain
  8. When the Breakers Go back on Full Time
  9. Lovers and Friends
  10. The Parting Glass

Daoiri’s Twenty-second Corner Sesh Set List(with special guests Mark Redmond and Niall Preston)

  1. Set of Jigs
  2. Fergie Cormack
  3. Set of Reels
  4. Van Diemen’s Land
  5. Slow Air: An Bonnán Buí Jig: The Rambles of Kitty
  6. Bodhrán Solo
  7. A Pint of Plain
  8. The Blue Tar Road
  9. Valentine O’Hara
  10. Tipping it up to Nancy

Daoiri’s Twenty-third Corner Sesh Set List(with special guests Peter Browne and Robbie Walsh)

  1. Opening Set of Tunes
  2. The Galway Shawl
  3. The Rollicking Boys of Tandragee
  4. Set of Reels
  5. Little Drummer
  6. The Foggy Dew
  7. Harem Scarem Ass
  8. Set of Reels
  9. Sweet Portadown
  10. Tipping it up to Nancy

Daoiri’s Twenty-fourth Corner Sesh Set List(with special guests Alan Burke, Claire Sherry and Kieran Munnelly)

  1. Set of Jigs
  2. Nancy Whiskey
  3. A Pint of Plain
  4. Set of Reels
  5. John O’Dreams
  6. The Night Visiting Song
  7. Red is the Rose
  8. The Ould Triangle
  9. The Creggan White Hare
  10. The Air Tune (reel)
  11. Nancy Spain
  12. Set of Reels
  13. Your Song
  14. When the Breakers Go Back on Full Time
  15. The Parting Glass

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