After the heights reached by Irish music in 2010, 2011 has a hard act to follow, but there is little reason to suggest that things will dry up or the scene will regress. In fact there are plenty of exciting acts around the country willing to give last year’s success stories a run for their money. One such act is Daithi.
Now if like me you are just dying for the current fad of ‘talent show’ tv to die out, then you may overlook the participants in the painful RTE production The All Ireland Talent Show. However one original and compelling artist who effectively used this medium to launch himself into the spotlight in 2009 is Daithi Ó Drónaí. Skilled in traditional fiddle playing and boasting an appreciation of minimal, contemporary electronic music, Ó Drónaí blends the two polarised genres to create an astonishingly cohesive and unique sound.
He has since gone on to perform at Electric Picnic and Castle Palooza and has supported household names such as The Xx and Dj Shadow. February sees the release of Daithi’s EP and to get us all adequately excited he’s released some teaser videos on YouTube. Below is the deliciously layered ‘The Dog’. To hear this and two other tracks from the EP in full check out Breaking Tunes.