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Daithí Ó Drónaí
Origin Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland
Genres Experimental
Instruments Bass guitar, fiddle
Website Official site
Notable instruments
Synthesised fiddle

Daithí Ó Drónaí or Droney[1] is an Irish bassist and fiddler, perhaps best known for playing original music on the electronic synthesised fiddle.[2 ] He came to national prominence after fiddling on the first series of The All Ireland Talent Show in 2009.

Since reaching the final, where he came in sixth place, Ó Drónaí has appeared on several television series and performed in cities such as Cork, Dublin and Galway, as well as at Electric Picnic 2009.

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Early life

Ó Drónaí played the traditional fiddle whilst growing up in Ballyvaughan, County Clare.[2 ] He progressed to playing the bass guitar in bands such as Keepsake and The Shackletons.[2 ] He further developed his fiddling skills by the use of loop pedals and sounds.[2 ]

The All Ireland Talent Show

Ó Drónaí auditioned for the first series of The All Ireland Talent Show in 2009. He was selected to represent the West and was mentored by namesake Dáithí Ó Sé. [3] Since appearing he received attention from several female fans. [4] He performed fourth on week six during the first live show.[5] He donned a red t-shirt over a checked shirt, belt, jeans and multicolour trainers and combined a Korg synthesiser with a bow, plectrum and loop pedals.[5] Judges Dana Rosemary Scallon and Shane Lynch wondered if viewers would understand the performance.[5] However, Ó Drónaí easily qualified for the final when he came top of a public vote. [3]

Ó Drónaí was the third of six acts to perform in the final which took place on the weekend of Saint Patrick's Day.[6] He had damaged his violin during rehearsals but was able to mend it in time to perform in the final.[6] He had been one of the favourites to win.[7 ] However, he was the first to leave the show.[6]

Post The All Ireland Talent Show

Ó Drónaí appeared on Seoige, Ice and Access All Areas after The All Ireland Talent Show. He supported Kíla at Vicar Street.[2 ] [8] Other performances have included a headlining slot at Cork's Pavilion Theatre and a performance at the Róisín Dubh in Galway.[2 ] There were also appearances at Electric Picnic 2009 and the Punchestown Racing Festival.[2 ][9]

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