You May Like This: Daithí


Daithí - Photography by Ruth Medjber

Daithífolk/electronica from Galway

What you may need to know…

01. Last time we checked in on Daithí, he’d been touring his recently-released extended-player, his first formal release as an independent artist.

02. Using elements of Irish pop-culture and music in his improvised, audiovisual live show, his work is another element in the modernisation of the trad/folk oeuvre.

03. Streaming above is the video for new single Aeroplane, featuring regular vocal collaborator Sinéad White. In his own words:

“Sinead and I wrote this song inspired by old Irish TV dramas from the ’80s and ’90s. True to the people of Ireland at the time, the characters in these shows all seem to have a hard time expressing their feelings, and we wanted to write a song that imagined what was going on in their heads, while they stumbled through talking to their love interest.

The video for the song uses footage from a short film that was shot in my home town Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, in the 1990s. The video stars real locals from the area, and deals with the hardships of being a bachelor in rural Ireland. I had completely forgot about it until I came across the tape in my parents’ house, and some of the footage is just incredible.”

04. This Friday, he plays the Roisín Dubh in Galway, followed by a Saturday night date in Dublin’s Opium Rooms and a Bank Holiday Sunday show at Cyprus Avenue in Cork. Check social media for more info/times.

Thoughts: More polished pop than jigs ‘n’ reels referencer, Daithí and Sinéad White’s thematic drawings on the Irish condition accompany an expansion of his sound.


Pic by Ruth Medjber

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6 thoughts on “You May Like This: Daithí

  1. Serval

    Wow – it really evokes the early days of Glenroe. It reminds me of the time Biddy fell into the slurry pit.
    It really doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever heard before. :-|
    Whoever described this as folk/electronica should be firmly asked where the folk elements are.
    I don’t watch music videos.

    1. Serval

      Is the line “Please don’t make me fall again” a reference to the time Biddy fell into the slurry pit?
      Season 3, Episode 8.

  2. Bertie Blenkinsop

    As one of the people of Ireland at the time, I had no problem expressing my feelings, and nor did any (okay either) of my friends, in fact, you couldn’t shut us up.
    Bit of a sweeping statement there.

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