FourWinds Blows Away Woodford Folk Festival Fans Ahead of Australia-wide Tour / by Kylie Cobb

For immediate release


Sharon Shannon did it. The East Pointers too. And now Irish band, FourWinds, have blown away packed out Woodford crowds with their lively traditional folk tunes for the very first time last week.

Kicking off their East Coast tour, FourWinds will bring 'the craic' and a good jig to Aussie folk lovers throughout January, including appearances at Cygnet and Illawarra Folk Festivals, and a very special, one-off show with folk legend, Andy Irvine at The Old Museum in Brisbane 4 January.

"FourWinds were a perfect introduction to our audiences for our new Irish partnership - so energetic, such great tunes, and lovely folks to deal with. The reception from our audiences was exactly as we'd expected after all the great things we'd heard about the band," said Chloe Goodyear, Woodford Folk Festival Head of Programming.

The award-winning four-piece featured in ABC Radio's Live New Year's Eve broadcast along with Amanda Palmer, Steve Poltz and Adalita, packed out their own Woodford shows, as well as performing guest shows for our longest-serving Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.

Just a short time after they formed in 2013, FourWinds won the coveted Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and have since been hailed the best exponent for the next generation of contemporary trad music.

Comprising four talented and independently successful musicians, critically acclaimed vocalist and Bouzouki player, Daoiri Farrell said, "We've all been playing traditional music for years around the world, it was only a matter of time before we joined forces!"

"Our sound is deeply rooted in the Irish tradition without ignoring modernity and creativity, which produces a landscape of tunes and lyrics people find very fun and exciting," said FourWinds' Uilleann piper, Tom Delany.

"We were told there is a strong resurgence of trad music appreciation in Australia, and from the amazing response we received at Woodford, we can't wait to visit and meet you all for some serious Irish craic," said Delany.


28 Dec - 1 Jan • QLD •Woodford Folk Festival
2 Jan • QLD • The City Sounds, Queen Street Mall
4 Jan • QLD • The Old Museum, Brisbane feat. Andy Irvine
5 Jan • TAS • Mountain Mumma
6 - 8 Jan • TAS • Cygnet Folk Festival
11 - 15 Jan • NSW • Illawara Folk Festival
17 Jan • NSW • Wauchope Arts Hall
18 Jan • NSW • 5 Church Street, Bellingen
20 Jan • NSW • The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle
21 Jan • NSW • Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba
22 Jan • NSW • Django Bar, Marrickville
23 Jan • ACT • Smith's Alternative
24 Jan • VIC • Spotted Mallard, Brunswick
26 Jan • NSW • Four Winds Festival, Bermagui

FourWinds Are...

Vocals, Bouzouki

Daoiri's versatile repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, humour ballads, songs of exile, popular contemporary songs and much more, with a particular grá for uncovering much less well known songs. Farrell has just released his second solo album to great critical acclaim.


From a young age, Caroline was exposed to the richness of West Limerick and Sliabh Luachra traditional music, an influence which has become the cornerstone of her uniquely vibrant, passionate and emotive style of concertina playing. 

Bodhran, percussions, backing vocals

Robbie is a bodhran player hailing from Dublin. He won the All Ireland bodhran title in 2008 were he then went on to become a full time musician. The art of the drum was passed on by his uncle. His powerful modern style is one of the foundations of the sound of the band. 

Uilleann pipes, whistles

With an Irish father and French mother, Tom gained his musicality through osmosis, born and raised in a rich environment of Irish music. Inspired by the traveling style of piping, his rhythmic playing is powerful and daring.





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