D.F.F. featuring the musical talents of Vyvienne Long, Niwel Tsumbu & Dave Flynn. Touring their debut album Pouric Songs out 28 March on Frisbee Records
What does D.F.F. stand for one might ask? Well it can mean whatever you want it to mean, whatever definition comes to mind when you hear the exceptional sound of Ireland’s new cross-genre musical sensation!
With an incomparable sound, D.F.F. merge singular talents and international reputations into one genre-bending musical concoction that reflects the diversity of Ireland’s modern music scene. The band is packed to the brim with extremely talented musicians and between them they have worked with hit songwriters (Damien Rice, Declan O'Rourke, Lisa Hannigan, Shane McGowan), classical orchestras (RTÉ Orchestras), jazz legends (guitarist Louis Stewart, pianist Herbie Hancock
) and Ireland’s finest traditional musicians (Martin Hayes, Mairtin O'Connor and Tommy Peoples.)
At the front of the group are three musicians with international reputations across multiple genres. Main songwriter Dave Flynn (guitar/vocals) is as comfortable composing concertos for Martin Hayes (The Gloaming) as he is writing 3 minute pop songs. Vyvienne Long (cello/vocals), famed for her work with Damien Rice, brings her porcelain voice and sultry cello into the mix. The incredible Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu (guitar/vocals) brings an irresistible authenticity to the band’s Kinshasa Chamber Pop style.
Add to this a rhythm section featuring four of the busiest musicians in Ireland, Dan Bodwell (double bass), Ciarán Swift (rhythm guitar), Aidan Dunphy (percussion) and Cion O’Callaghan (percussion) and you have one of the most exciting groups to emerge in recent times.
This rhythm section are no strangers to working with renowned artists either! Bodwell has been known to play with Julie Feeney and Duke Special. Dunphy has been spotted on percussion with the likes of Declan O’Rourke and Goats Don’t Shave. O’Callaghan has plenty of credits on his list but most notably recording and touring with Paddy Casey and Mundy, and he has also backed up Shane McGowan and Ronnie Drew on The Late Late Show. And Swift has performed with Fionn Regan and Roesy.
D.F.F.’s just released debut album Pouric Songs was recorded in two of the best studios in the world, Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios and Grouse Lodge Studios (used by Michael Jackson). The songs are full of glorious pop melodies, poetic lyrics by Pádraic O’Beirn and a truly unique instrumentation of three vocalists, three guitarists, two percussionists, cello and double bass.
D.F.F. is one of the most exciting groups to emerge from Ireland in recent times with their African-tinged Chamber Pop Songs featuring glorious vocal harmonies and outstanding musicianship! Tour support is Omagh singer-songwriter Michelle Owens who will also be performing with D.F.F. as backing vocalist and on an array of instruments.
D.F.F.’s April tour is supported by an Arts Council of Ireland Touring Award.