Rory Faithfield is a Dublin-based yet Australian born and bred singer-songwriter, with Celtic songlines in his head and grains of sand between his toes.
Undeterred by school reports - kicked out of singing class at age 6 and the School Band at 14 – Rory’s journey began with the post-punk Sydney band scene. Inspired by The Saints, Hunters & Collectors, Birthday Party and X – he eschewed his middle-class beginnings in his search for something that felt more real.
Like thousands of Australians, that search inevitably led to a one way ticket to London. “Walkabout” lasted 20 years and saw a reinvention in the fertile Dublin music scene. Rory was inspired by the sheer talent of solo artists such as Christy Moore, Luka Bloom and Glen Hansard who held their audiences transfixed.
Rory spent the 90’s paying his songwriting and performance dues in the demanding pub circuits of Ireland and Germany. Between cries for “The Irish Rover” and “Whisky in the Jar”, Rory discovered his voice as a solo artist.
1998 saw the UK release of his debut album NOWHERE, SOMEWHERE, ANYWHERE. This was followed in 2002 by BLOOD, BONES & SOUL – described by the Irish Times: “his relentlessly upbeat folk-rock courses with positive thinking and vigorous musicality… Faithfield is invigorating and inspiring..”. With standout songs SHED MY SKIN and the anthemic RISE ABOVE.
CIRCLE DANCE , a completely solo acoustic album, was released in 2007 – yet another step in confidence, energy and strength. "This is beautiful, straightforward storytelling, saturated in Irish folk traditions but with a keen edge born of Faithfield's days as a punk rocker in Sydney. I was reminded of Paul Kelly's more lyrical excursions, which is a high compliment" (WEST AUSTRALIAN)
Rory’s fourth album SONGS FOR SOONER, is co-produced with renowned Irish music veteran Gavin Murphy and will be released in 2010. The multilayered album title harks to Sooner, a beautiful broken kelpie from a regional NSW farm that he rescued and nurtured. This album is the culmination of Faithfield’s experience as an authentic songwriter and performer.
Rory currently divides his time between Dublin and his home in Vasse on the West Australian coast, not far from famed wine country Margaret River. Until recently, Rory has flown largely under the radar of the music scene. Mesmerising Festival performances are changing things.