Armagh singer/songwriter Dani Larkin is taking the folk world by storm – Armagh I

She grew up in Madden as Danielle Carragher, but since stepping back in time and taking her maternal great-grandmother’s long-lost surname as her stage name, Dani Larkin was born.

And it’s not just the name Dani has adopted from the past.

The Armagh singer-songwriter and musician’s songs also transcend time, steeped in ancient Irish landscape, mythologies and folklore.

Dani started writing at the age of 11 with a poem and since then years of hard work and performance have finally seen her become the epitome of overnight success.

Her debut album, “Notes For A Maiden Warrior”, was released in 2021 to rave reviews.

“Awesome debut”, “breathtaking”, “otherworldly”, “powerful”, “you can feel the music in your bones”, are just a few praises from critics.

A whirlwind year of touring at home and abroad followed, amid nominations for ‘Best Album’ at this year’s Northern Ireland Music Awards and ‘Best Emerging Artist’ at the RTE Folk Awards. .

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She opened for Snow Patrol at the London Palladium Theater and the sold-out Waterfront in Belfast, and after playing SXSW in Austin, Texas, she moved on to Vancouver before returning home to tour with Declan O’Rourke.

Armagh I caught up with Dani, after taking a short break in Galway, and she spoke about her life, her music and her philosophies on the two.

While inspired by her origin and the land’s heritage, Dani, who has a degree in history and sociology and a master’s degree in international conflict and cooperation, has also used her music to unite, working in places as far away as Palestine. , Indonesia and Colombia.

He’s back on the road closer to home in the coming months, with Dani’s next tour kicking off April 29 at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast, followed by a UK tour with Ye Vagabonds and of his own shows.

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