It is with profound sadness we announce the passing today of Fergus.
A full statement will follow here, and on the Interference facebook page, and we'd ask that the family be allowed privacy at this incredibly difficult time.
Waking at home privately. Reposing at St. Mary’s Church, Schull on Saturday (6th) from 3.15pm followed by a celebration of his life at 5pm. Private cremation takes place on Monday. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff for the care that Fergus received over the years at Bantry General Hospital. Donations in lieu of flowers if desired to sightsavers.org or Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI.ie).
Fergus O'Farrell is the charismatic voice of Interference, one of the most compelling groups to emerge from the Irish music scene in the 1990s, a fact recognised by their being the first ever band to be recorded for the long running TV series, Other Voices: Songs from a Room, which also included them in an 'Interference Special' hour long episode, as well as their Christmas special Event show.
Fergus is perhaps known best for his song Gold, which featured in the Oscar Award winning film Once (starring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová ). The film went on to be adapted to a smash broadway hit, winning 8 Tony Awards, including best musical. The West End production also picked up an 'Olivier Award' for best music. At both award shows Gold was the song chosen to best showcase the show.
Interference are a group that cross all rock/folk/traditional divides with their string driven hypnotic sound, making a concert a truly moving experience.
Fergus O'Farrell also widely collaborates : Artists include Glen Hansard, Black , Camilla Griehsel, Maurice Seezer, Gavin Friday, Paul Tiernan, Liam O'Maonlai David Bickley, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Nina Hynes, Mundy, Steve & Joe Wall.