Pipped by RTE Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, Double J (Australia) and Folk Radio UK as a rising star on the Irish folk and alternative scene, 2021 has been the breakthrough year for this emerging alt-folk artist Dani Larkin, with the release of her debut album ‘Notes For A Maiden Warrior’. Nominated for ‘Best Album’ at this years Northern Ireland Music Prize, and ‘Best Emerging Artist‘ at RTE Folk Awards, Dani Larkin has been an artist picking up speed with each release, and one that has been marking her mark on the industry, in her own way. With appearances this year at The Great Escape, Doolin Folk fest, Folk Alliance, and selected to open for Snow Patrol to sold-out venues of London’s Palladium Theatre, the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, as well as a special home show for Hot House Flowers – she is a live act not to be missed.
To mark the release of her debut album, she joined forces with the Irish Arts Centre, New York, for a special one off livestream show (already over 4k views!), and the album was picked up on several big folk editorial Spotify playlists; Fresh Folk, Contemporary Folk, Infinite Acoustic and more.
She’s been musical guests on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, as well as Panti Bliss’ podcast ‘The Panti Personals’ ahead of her embarking on her debut English headline album headline tour stopping off in Manchester, Newcastle, Brighton and London, before heading home to a sold out show in Belfast’s Black Box.
An artist renowned for her unforgettable live performances, her vocal takes centre stage, accompanied always by her impressive guitar and banjo playing. Larkin has the ability to blend the old and new perfectly through her songwriting, delicately weaving themes of Celtic folklore with the more modern day landscape of her own experiences.
‘Wowing audiences with virtuoso guitar playing and highly individualistic self- penned songs’. Songlines Magazine
‘Powerfully arresting sound’ Ruth Smith, RTÉ Radio One
“She is steadily emerging as a rising star on the Irish contemporary and alt folk scene.” The Irish Times
“Dani Larkin continues to mark herself as a captivating new presence on the Irish alt-folk scene” Hot Press
“Brilliant songwriter, very much blending that love of place, family, time” Eve Blair, BBC Radio Ulster