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Dick Farrelly

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Jul 03 2015 21:30 - Jul 04 2015 23:30
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As the son of the late great Irish songwriter and composer Richard ‘Dick’ Farrelly, it is no wonder that Dick Farrelly has been surrounded by high quality musical talent all of his life.

Dick began to learn piano at age 7 and it was soon recognized that his potential to achieve ‘concert pianist status’ was a ‘very real possibility’, however, even though Dick does have his favourite pieces of classical music, he decided (much to the chagrin of his teacher) to give it up. ’’it just didn’t do it for me at that time’’

He got his first guitar when he was 8 years old, but oddly didn't take up the instrument in any serious fashion until he was in his early teens.

At 16, Dick had quickly become a well known and respected Keyboards and Guitar player on the Irish Rock circuit and the Dublin music scene and was regularly invited to make guest appearances on stage and television with many of the better known bands.
In the mid 70’s Dick played with Eric Bell after he had left Thin Lizzy, and was invited to do guest guitar slots with him in Dublin and Dublin's most popular venues ... one of which that stands out, and now, very sadly gone... The Baggot Inn.

In 1979 Dick relocated to London and very quickly got into the London scene having secured a gig in a West End club through another old acquaintance of his, the great Dublin jazz guitarist Louis Stewart.
‘’Knowing Louis at that time was a great advantage as he was playing with Ronnie Scott's Quintet I became a regular guest, invited into Ronnie's club in Soho and got to see and meet and jam with many of the great jazz musicians from the US and around the world... people like’’.

Ronnie's own group, The Buddy Rich Bigband, Louis Bellson, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Pass, Oscar Peterson, Lackjaw Davis and Sweets Edison, Dizzy and Toots, the list of fine and highly acclaimed musicians I have had the privilage to play with could go on and on ...
Throughout the late 70’s and 80’s Dick played a lot of London West End shows which was a great benefit to not only building his confidence, but also provided the added advantage of using his reading and writing of musical scores and musical arrangement and production skills.

Dick has worked with 100’s of artists throughout his career, both in the studio and on stage - too many to list here - but to give a very brief rundown Dick Farrelly has worked with and been professionally involved with the following:
Worked as Musical Director with Van Morrison

Worked with former Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell

Toured with Sally Oldfield throughout Europe

Guitarist and Kayboards player with London based Blues band ‘Firing Squad’ with Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), Tom Compton (Alvin Lee/Johnny Winter) and Calvin 'Fuzzy' Samuels (The Equals/Alvin Lee)

Dick has also played alongside such stars as Jazz musicians Dudu Pukwana (South Africa) and Stan Tracy

Was a member of a Rhythm and Blues group with Mitch Mitchell and Dave Rowberry from ‘The Animals’

Has had the honour on many occasions of playing in Southern Ireland with the late great (gentleman of gentlemen) Mr. Noel Redding

Toured and recorded with among many others including... Sinead O'Connor, Hazel O'Connor (Breaking Glass) and Mary Coughlan

Produced and featured on Honor Heffernan’s album '’The Other Side’’

Dick moved to the South of France during the early 90’s and continued his career playing and producing throughout Europe

Now based back in central Dublin Ireland, Dick is looking forward to continuing his career working and recording, playing, producing, touring and gigging with bands and musicians in Ireland



Mother Reillys, 26-30 Upper Rathmines Rd, 6 Rathmines, Dublin 6


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