Ninety-year-old Mary Keane is a grandmother, lives in a thatched cottage, and has become Ireland’s latest viral music star. Photo by: Photocall Ireland
Daithí Ó Drónaí, most commonly known as the artist “Daithí, ” is an Irish musician famous for his original music on the electronic synthesized fiddle. A few years ago, his grandmother Mary was interviewed about her experience of growing up in Clare decades ago. On hearing his grandmother’s interview, Daithí was taken aback by what she said.
“When I heard the recording I couldn't believe how personal and heartfelt it was. I hadn't heard anyone her age talk so honestly about love, ” he writes.
“When we were in our young days we had several boyfriends and you know you’d have them going to dances and there would be no more about it, ” she said.
“My father would come, and my uncle would come and he’d say ‘Mary there’s a fella over that has a big farm of land. You’ll have to go over and meet him.’
“I met my future husband down in Kilfenora and I fell in love with him.”
Often known as “the lad with the fiddle” thanks to his previous bouts on TV talent competitions, 25-year-old Daithí, who also grew up in Ballyvaughan, has a strong Irish traditional music background playing the fiddle from a young age, growing up listening to famed fiddle player Martin Hayes and being the grandson of noted concertina player Chris Droney. From this background, Dáithí has used the fiddle in his own unique brand of pop music.
“I put parts of the interview to some chords I was writing and everything clicked into place, ” said Daithí.
Released digitally on November 13, “Mary Keane’s Introduction” will feature as the first track on Daithí’s upcoming EP “Tribes” to be released independently in February 2016.