Ireland’s most exciting new alt-folk artist Dani Larkin released her debut album Notes For A Maiden Warrior on June 18th 2021. The long-awaited debut album, containing a collection of 10 tracks including reimagined album versions of popular tracks such as ‘Samson & Goliath’, ‘Bloodthirsty’ and ‘The Mother Within’ and was one of the most exciting contemporary folk albums this year.
An end of year headline Irish tour, taking in Limerick, Galway, Dundalk, West Cork, Cork, and Dublin, and of course Belfast, was announced, and Dani has undertaken a run of shows in England to precede that.
Invites to support the likes of Snow Patrol and Glen Hansard have followed, along with several summer festival appearances, and a short-listing of the album for the NI Music Prize – taking place at Belfast’s Ulster Hall, and to be broadcast by BBCNI, where Dani has also been invited to perform
The album is centred around the concept of lessons on how to be a warrior, how to create change in this world by learning from stories of old and from other realms, and how to navigate life – love, death, suffering, pain, strength and kindness. It is not intended to be instructional; it is as a set of notes in song form.
Recorded in Halfbap Studios, Belfast and co-produced by George Sloan this debut album Notes for A Maiden Warrior formally cements Dani Larkin’s arrival onto the folk scene, and establishes herself as a contemporary folk artist to take notice of.
The album is being self-released digitally as well as physically on vinyl. Available directly from Dani Larkin’s website www.danilarkin.com.
Powerfully arresting sound’ Ruth Smith, RTÉ Radio One
‘Steadily emerging as a rising star on the Irish contemporary and alt folk scene’ – Irish Times
‘Wowing audiences with virtuoso guitar playing and highly individualistic self- penned songs’. Songlines Magazine
‘A multi-instrumentalist with a remarkable knack for eking out sublime, burrowing melodies evocative of Irish traditional music.’
The Thin Air
‘One of the finest songwriters of our times’
Sean Kelly, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival