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Darragh O'Dea

Alternative // Tuam, Galway

Irish songwriter Darragh O’Dea is known for his wistful storytelling, creating nostalgic nuggets of joy and despair. His music conveys the moods and elements of his surroundings and is delivered in an honest and alluring manner.

Released on 29.10.2021 the debut album, “Tilly & The Postmaster", has been described as a love letter to Ireland – all its madness and beauty. Opening with a spoken word prelude from his grandfather and named after his grandparents, the record is full of colourful and engaging indie-folk storytelling.

Including singles, 'Split The Difference (La Résistance)' - the story of two childhood friends who struggle to hold onto their friendship as they become adults, due to different political influences on their lives. 'Guerrilla Warfare In Your Back Garden' which features Birmingham singer Katherine Priddy - a song about fighting over land and inheritance, and title track, ‘Tilly And The Postmaster’ – a song touching on death during a pandemic and not being able to attend the funeral of your loved ones, written about his grandfather through the eyes of his grandmother.

The album tracks have gone on to receive airplay on both BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales and be playlisted on RTE Radio 1.

Recorded between Sunstreet Studio's, Stable Productions and Turf Shed Studio in Tuam, Darragh worked with three producers (Kenny Ralph, Mike Connolly and Dylan Connolly) over the past two years to create the album. It was mastered by Peter Montgomery.

The artwork was created by Mike O'Dwyer and was inspired by the work of Aaron Douglas and the Harlem Renaissance.

Darragh has taken to the stage of the Moseley Folk Festival (Birmingham), Whelan’s (Dublin) and The Harrison (London).

"Not a lot of music holds the determination and depth Darragh O’Dea shows on Tilly and the Postmaster. This is a disc for anyone who appreciates the power of music – to expose, to endure and in the end, to provide hope" - Folk Radio UK

"A song-writing maturity and lyrical sensitivity that sets him apart from many of his contemporaries" - Cian O'Connell (Connacht Tribune)

“Deliciously uncool in a heart on sleeve way” - Donal Scannell (Born Optimistic)

"Great imagery and poetry" - Ruth Smith (Simply Folk, RTE Radio 1)

Upcoming Gigs

28th November 2021 20:00 Whelan's - Dublin Headline Show More details
18th December 2021 20:00 Album Launch Show More details