Since I’m in Ireland for a spell I thought I’d post some of our favorite new Irish music of the past year—some of which may not have permeated Stateside music minds.
Daithí Ó Drónaí is an Irish musician and producer, best known for producing electronic music inspired by Irish culture. He’s developed a sizable following in Ireland, releasing an album on Sony and independently releasing a range of EPs. Two of his singles, “Chameleon Life” and “Mary Keanes Introduction” were nominated for the Choice Music Prize.
Daithí grew up in Ireland’s west (County Clare), learning the traditional fiddle as a child. His grandfather is a well known concertina player, and in his teenage years, Daithí played bass for local bands in North Clare. Apparently, the monotony of boarding school promted him to begin writing, and in his first year at university he began pairing the fiddle with a loop station, initiating a foray into electronica that marks much of his present work. (He also garnered some measure of fame by appearing on the All Ireland Talent Show and Sky 1’s Must Be The Music in the UK; for finale of that show he performed at Wembley Arena.)
Daithí’s live performances blend pop, House, and other shades of EDM, utilizing synthesized fiddle; he’s a devotee of Ableton and sets are largely improvised. He’s toured Europe and is a mainstay at festivals in Ireland. He’s also has supported Disclosure, DJ Shadow, The xx, Santigold, Macklemore, and Duke Dumont.
We also think he looks a lot like Leonardo diCaprio, but you be the judge.
Here’s a 2016 Daithí release, “Falling For You (feat. Sinead White).” The video purports to present “a postcard from the west of Ireland.” Enjoy.