CMW 2016 Interview: Daithi

By on Friday, 6th May 2016 at 11:00 am

Irish musician Daithí (pronounced inexplicably as “DAUGH-hee”) can’t be put in one box musically, and that’s perfectly fine with him. From the west coast of Ireland and the famed city of Galway, it isn’t hard to conjure up Daithí’s backyard as huge tracts of land that are beautifully desolate and emerald green, hearing the roar of the Atlantic Ocean. (If you follow him on Facebook, you will be treated to photos of such scenes that he’s taken himself, such as this one from Monday.) But what kind of music does a storybook town in the West of Ireland inspire?

For Daithí, it isn’t just one type or style of music that moves him. One might think that growing up around family members well versed in traditional Irish music (his grandfather is a keen concertina player) and he himself having the fiddle as the first instrument he ever learned how to play, he’d have just become a trad musician himself and be done with it. Or left for the bright lights of Dublin – or emigrated to Canada, I suppose, as I’ve learned there are MANY Irish people who have done just that! – and never looked back.

In this interview with me Wednesday before his two live performances Thursday night at Canadian Music Week 2016, Daithí explains how he has come to a deeper love and appreciation for his hometown and how important it is to him to keep ties to the city. He also stressed the importance of pushing boundaries with his music and trying new ways to engage the listener, while connecting himself to the art itself through the process of making it (like Stornoway and Glass Animals, he favours a good field recording!). This is a musician who has a lot of say and with his ambition and drive to make music not only enjoyable to listen to but also makes you think, he’s a great example of what makes the new music coming out of Ireland exciting and vital. Have a listen to our chat from CMW below.

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