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Indie // Thomastown, Kilkenny

Described by Hotpress as a 'folkier, tighter sonic youth', Kilkenny band Dali have been around for a while. Originally formed in 2006 and reformed in 2017 after a seven year break, the band are back with some new material and a fresh new sound.

Dali have had a number of releases, starting with a four track EP titled '27' in 2007, which was swiftly followed up with the single 'Think Before You Think'. Produced by Leo Pearson, the single received heavy rotation on both Phantom FM in Dublin and Beat FM in the South East, with the band celebrating being the No.1 requested Irish band on Phantom FM in the summer of 2008.

Dali took a break in 2010 with lead singer Deirdre Doyle pursuing a solo venture under the alias Deetrich ( She released the album 'Tug of War' on Reekus Records in 2012 to much critical acclaim. Deirdre and drummer Brian Dempsey would collaborate again in Leo Pearson’s band The White Liars, whilst Sean Doyle went on to form the original line up Kilkenny band Souls with Clive Barnes and Darragh Butler (Kerbdog).

Dali are now back in rehearsals and preparing a return to the stage with some new material for the first time since 2010. Dali will be performing at Castlefest Kilkenny with The Blizzards, Chasing Abbey and Little Hours. Tickets out soon:


" concerts like this it is natural to expect an increasingly high standard as the evening progresses. The more established bands, further up the bill, tend to have a little more confidence and experience than their predecessors. But for every rule there is an exception. Tonight, the lower ranked artists are the ones who shine. Opening act Dali are breezy and accomplished, often resembling a folkier tighter Sonic Youth. The groups slim catalogue of songs is consistently melodic, and their female lead singer possesses a voice of remarkable sweetness."

News Of The World:
'Following the release of their first EP last year, the band have put out their debut single 'Think Before You Think' and things all of a sudden are starting to happen for them. Last week they played an impressive gig at Whelans in Dublin to launch the single. Deirdre is a charismatic singer who delivers a fantastic vocal performance on the single. Her passionate vocals remind me a little of a young Chrissie Hynde. The band have a very radio friendly sound and last week the single was the most played Irish record on Phantom 105.2. However, they manage to carry it off without being predictable...'

Irish Unsigned:
'Four piece Indie/rock band 'Dali' lead by singer 'Deirdre Doyle' are having a busy 2008! With her gutsy 'Chrissie Hynde' voice she has an intoxicating style. With a sweet but very confident and crisp tone, she has it all!...'