Richard Farrell

Vocalist & Songwriter

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Danish music award winning musician hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Richard Farrell is a vocalist and songwriter. An intuitive, thoughtful and soulful musician, with a the sensitive and calm approach. Warm, velvety and rough vocal timbres, a blues and soul vocalist. An ear for good harmonies,warm melodies and crafty lyrics.

Taking the nectar from blues,soul and folk music, this sleek modern musician flowers to create an unique sound.Influenced by Tom Waits, The Dap Kings, Muddy Waters, BB King and Dr John. He stewed his magic to create his debut album 'Lights at Sea' with his band Richard Farrell and The Last Tribe and his new project Trainman Blues(songwriter and vocalist), released their debut album in March 2018 to critical acclaim, winning best blues album at this year's Danish Music Awards. Richard (Vocals, keys, guitar) from Dublin, Ireland (based in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a travelling man,from New Orleans to Havana, Cuba to Colombia, he has mixed around with the locals to discover the simple nature of their passion for music and to learn and absorb their different musical styles and cultures. With a rough, velvety and soulful voice, he commands a crowd where ever he wanders.

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  1. Review by Tor H.
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    I`m so lucky I was in contact with Richard.

    Tremendous Voice, great talent and song writing capabilities.

    Project delivered before time, no need for any re-take, in lack of a better word I have to say Perfect!

  2. Review by Alka T.
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    Richard was a dream to work with. Truly professional and exceptionally talented, he kept his word and commitments. Looking forward to working with him umpteen times in the future as well :)

  3. Review by Kim B.
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    I have to agree with everyone else who reviewed Richard. Super proffesional. Amazing voice. His lyrics are very thoughtful and you can deffinetly tell that has great experience doing this. Will deffinetly work with RIchard again and will recommend him to others!

  4. Review by Marcello G.
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    Richard did a great job in capturing the feel and mood of the song. I will certainly be working with Richard again in the near future.

  5. Review by Bruno C.
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    Unbelievable vocalist!! Richard puts so much character into his vocals its incredible!

  6. Review by Morgan D.
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    It has been such a pleasure to work with Richard.. His great work ethic and amazing voice are a winning combination!

  7. Review by Morgan D.
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    It's like Christmas morning when you get a song back from Richard! His voice is an amazing gift that he is sharing with us!!

  8. Review by Hoop3r
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    Very satisfied of Richard’s work, very professional and attentive, he directly understood what I wanted, I will rework with him with pleasure ! :-)

  9. Review by Alex V.
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    Working with Richard was amazing. After trying to work with other singers, and not satisfied with the results... and almost reaching the budget... I decided to try one last time with him. And since the first second he became singing, I got shocked !! His voice is incredibly powerful, but nice to listen as well as the same time. And he gave a lot of feeling to the vocals, also the cool atmosphere I was looking for !! I could not have found and worked with a better singer for my last song.

  10. Review by KC Carter
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    Richard was great to work with! He takes direction well and is very efficient. Most importantly, he delivers awesome performances on time. I would definitely recommend him

  11. Review by Morgan D.
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    I needed soulful, emotional and passionate vocals for my song and Richard more than delivered! He is very easy to work with and he made sure that I was completely satisfied. I highly recommend him!!

  12. Review by Maduk
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    If you are looking for a raw and bluesy vocal, don't look any further, Richard is the best for the job :)

  13. Review by Patrick Wieland
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    to work with Richard was a great experience , his voice is amazing and he has an instinctive feeling to give the track what it needs. If you are looking for a very charismatic soulful blues singer Richard is definitely the man!!

  14. Review by MK
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    Legend! This guy is not of this earth.

  15. Review by MK
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    This guy is THE TRUTH.
    A voice like honey and molasses dripping over a smoking log fire.
    Ultra professional, great sounding recording and a great attitude.
    The pleasure will be all yours working with Richard. Thank me later.

  16. Review by Laura V.
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    Once again a great collaboration with Richard. He comes up with very good melodies and ideas for lyrics. Once he starts the songs he is on the job everyday until it is done and until I am fully happy. And I am happy once again!

  17. Review by Marvin C.
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    Richard is very reactive and have a way of working very confortable. In polyphonies he's the best ! With a very smart groove ! Thank you Richard !

  18. Review by The Ware
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    Richard is a great and professional singer, he's a great guitarist as well. He can easily understand where you're about to go.
    Can't wait to release the project we worked together!

  19. Review by Maksim S.
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    Stunning author, with the presence of true identity and incredible charisma. Great honor to work with Richard

  20. Review by Joakim B.
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    Richard is very talented and easy to communicate with, and works hard to both are happy! Recommended!

  21. Review by The Ware
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    =)

  22. Review by Mark S.
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    It was a real pleasure to work with Richard, he completely understood the task, delivered top notch vocals and adapted to some revisions in super speedy time. Wonderful communicator too, he always kept on top of the messages in a super efficient way. Highly recommended!

  23. Review by Chris T.
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    Richard has a great voice!, he went above and beyond to make sure we had lots of different takes to choose from. His recording quality was excellent, he brought lots of great ideas to the table, he was efficient and it was a pleasure working with him.

  24. Review by Brice D.
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    AMAZING SINGER!!!!!

    Richard has a beautiful voice, and lot of emotion, he works fast.... He is awesome.

  25. Review by Sherrie C.
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    Richard is very professional ! Very good singer ! Everything was nice with him ! Happy to work with him and hope to work in the future !

  26. Review by Nahk | Atik
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    Very talented producer, writer and vocalist. Brought the song to life!

  27. Review by Laura V.
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    Richard Farrell is the whole package: talented songwriter, arranger and vocalist with an earthy, soulful voice that fits perfect in any pop blues, jazz, funk or anywhere you want a touch of true soul.
    I was looking for someone to write lyrics to a jazz pop song I wrote and Richard jump into it and wrote lyrics that matched my music perfectly!

  28. Review by Brice D.
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    Richard is amazing!!!! He's an amazing singer, with a beautiful voice, with lot of emotion!
    I asked him a few tweaks and he made it very quickly!
    It has been a real pleasure working with Richard.
    I highly recommend him, he brings your tracks to next level!

  29. Review by j.delVey
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    As my project evolved, I needed Richard to do some follow up tracks. He turned this around quickly and gave me exactly what I needed. A great musician to work with.

  30. Review by Robert L.
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    Richard is an enthusiastic and talented songwriter, skilled singer and good guitar player. With his improvisations he bring a fast way of creating verses and choruses. It was a great joy to work with him together and use his international influences.

  31. Review by j.delVey
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    It has been a great pleasure working with Richard, who is an award winning blues singer in Europe. He was very patient in providing me with retakes as the vision of my song continued to develop during production. He is extremely well versed in the technical aspects of recording, and gave me great sounding tracks. Great communication.

  32. Review by steve s.
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    Fantastic voice. Quick turnaround and very easy to work with. I highly recommend!

  33. Review by Matthew Raetzel
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    Wow! Richard is an incredible talent with a great ear for detail. Very quick turnaround with an organized and thorough set of material to work with. Not to mention an outstanding voice with great versatility and consistency. Hire him now!

Interview with Richard Farrell

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Trainman Blues. Singer and Songwriter. I am in love with Blues music and I think it's affect on modern and old music is immense. I would love to see a revival of blues. Soul and jazz music have progressed into new and interesting forms, I think this is possible with blues.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Trainman Blues. A modern day blues project with hiphop production techniques and understated laid back feel.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both. Analog definitely has a warmer and softer sound, it reacts in a natural way to what you put into it. It's definitely not as portable as digital equipment, as easy to set up or quick in finding new and interesting plugins, virtual instruments etc...

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: Soulfulness, warmth, guts and attention to detail.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: Being able to work with different musicians, songwriters and producers form all around the world. Being able to express my self in an art form which comes very naturally to me.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: When can you have the track ready? That depends on how much guidance you give me, or lee way to be creative. Influences, bar numbers, vocals guides etc...

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: The true message behind the voice.....

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: What is the overall message of your music? Why are you doing it?

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: Listen to the intention behind the voice, many voices have a clear and clean exterior but sometimes the singer does not bring the force of the subject matter/message into the music. I really live what I'm singing!

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: A guitar, piano, a Ray Charles and BB King records, a bottle of whiskey and a note pad.

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I have been singing since I can remember. I began playing the piano from age 6. I started formally singing in a choir when I was 8 and received 5 years of music education in the choir school in theory, singing and piano which set me for life. I am 32 now, so I have been at it over 26 years now!

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Simple, understated, warm and gutsy.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Bill Withers, a master of simplicity and soulfulness!

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: If it feels good, and the ambience is right, keep it!

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: Blues, soul, folk, electronic, hiphop and jazz music.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: Listening to the client, vocal intonation and performance.

  33. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  34. A: Clarity, small details, soul and warmth. I try to bring the best qualities of blues and soul to any song I work with.

  35. Q: What's your typical work process?

  36. A: Listen to the track on repeat until I have an understanding of the flow and meter of it. After absorbing it, I allow melodies to flow through me, letting my vocal chords loose and seeing where the sound takes me. I demo the track a few times depending on how happy I am with the melody/lyrics. After this process I am ready to record the track. There are many different routes I can take depending on the wishes of the client and his/her influences to give me guidance.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: I have a Mac book pro 15 inch Retina which I use Pro tools and a Focusrite 6i6 as my preamp. A shure SM7 is my go to microphone as it suits my voice best, I have other mics such as a Rode NTK and Behringer AT2020. I have vocal screen and pop shield to create clear recordings.

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: Singers like Ray Charles, Toma Waits, Nina Simone, BB King and Nat King Cole are some of my favourites. Modern day producers and musicians such as Quantic, The Dap Kings, Jon Hopkins and Dan Auerbach really inspire me.

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: I am a vocalist and songwriter, so I really embrace giving all I have when singing and writing songs. I really focus in on the small details, intonation, timbre, melody and lyrics, this where I'm most at home. With years of experience recording in studios and playing in various different outfits I am very adaptable and open minded.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Ray Charles
  • Steve Winwood
  • Robert Cray
Gear Highlights
  • Sure SM7
  • Audio Technica AT2020
  • Rode NTK
  • Behringer C2 Pair
  • Sure SM57
  • Mac book pro 15 inch Retina
  • Pro tools
  • Focusrite 6i6
  • Vocal Screen
  • pop shield.
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