Interference are a group centred around singer-songwriter, poet and painter, Fergus O’Farrell. Citizen of the world, currently resident in God’s own country, West Cork.
The central core worked as a live band to great acclaim in the 90s. This led to an album where many great and famous extra members contributed. (see The Cast below) Fergus attracts collaboration. He lived for a time in The Winstanley Shoe Factory, hosting jam sessions with many of the Dublin bands of the time including ‘The Hot House Flowers’, and ‘The Black Velvet Band”.
Relationships established then continue:
Fergus currently co-writes and sometimes shares his stage with Black, Dave Bickley, Maurice Roycroft aka The Man Seezer, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Glen Hansard, Liam O Maonlaoi and Gavin Friday.
Malcolm Mac Clancy’s poetry has been published widely, including in Agenda, The London Magazine and Poetry Ireland Review. He is a winner of the Patrick McGill Poetry Prize. Songwriter Glen Hansard described the influence of Interference on him: “They sang about things we had never heard sung before. As a writer they freed me more than anyone else”.
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.
Fergus also paints – to find out more about his paintings and exhibitions, click here