'A true melting pot of music, DFF is a new supergroup marking the point where everything from chamber pop and Irish trad to the influence of Congolese "guitar sorcerer" Franco converge in glorious sound.' - Hot Press
'The band's purposeful debut album zings with vibrance and originality' - The Sunday Times
'It’s an interesting and diverse sound they create, that has a mesmeric quality. Their songs slowly build and create grooves that you don’t want to stop!' - Nomoreworkhorse.com
'D.F.F. - over 12 meticulously produced tracks - have delivered
a cracking record' - Hot Press
'Uplifting, sunny-side-up vitality' - The Irish Times
'The band's purposeful debut album zings with vibrance and originality'
The Sunday Times
'Its an interesting and diverse sound they create, that has a mesmeric quality. Their songs slowly build and create grooves that you dont want to stop!' - Nomoreworkhorse.com
New Irish supergroup D.F.F. burst onto the Irish music scene in April 2014 to great acclaim with the release of their stunning debut album 'Pouric Songs' and a 7 date Irish Tour. The band's fresh new sound was heralded with national media coverage including appearances on Ireland's main TV Arts show 'The Works' on RTE 1 and one of the highest rated radio shows in Ireland 'The John Murray Show' on RTE Radio 1.
The first question you may ask about the band is what does D.F.F. mean?
Well, it can mean whatever you want it to mean, whatever definition comes to mind when you hear the exceptional sound of Irelands new cross-genre music 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 Irelands 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 (RT Orchestras), jazz legends (Louis Stewart, Herbie Hancock) and Irelands 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 bands Kinshasa Chamber Pop style.
Add to this a rhythm section featuring four of the busiest musicians in Ireland, Dan Bodwell (double bass), Ciarn Swift (rhythm guitar), Aidan Dunphy (percussion) and Cion OCallaghan (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 ORourke and Goats Dont Shave. OCallaghan has plenty of credits on his list, 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 critically lauded debut album Pouric Songs was recorded in two of the best studios in the world, Peter Gabriels Real World Studios and Grouse Lodge Studios (used by Michael Jackson). The songs are full of glorious pop melodies, poetic lyrics by Pdraic OBeirn and a truly unique instrumentation of male/female co-leads, three guitarists, two percussionists, cello and double bass. The album was released in Ireland in April 2014 with international release expected later in the year.
The bands live shows in April 2014 were dazzling affairs where the albums songs were stretched in new directions each night through the virtuoso musicianship of D.F.F.
The band are not a shy bunch so feel free to ask them questions in between songs at their shows, they've even been known to get audience members up dancing on stage with them, but whatever you do, please dont ask what D.F.F. stands for! Only you can answer that question...
Pouric Songs - Debut Album - Frisbee Records FRCD004 - 2014
Mad For You/Skin to the Bone - Promo Single - Frisbee Records FRCD003 - 2014
Band Set List Selections are currently taken from the album Pouric Songs
Mad For You
Skin to the Bone
Beautiful Freaks Like Us
Beauty Becomes You
The Mad Magician