I’m stunned and so very sad to learn of Fergus O’Farrell’s death. The Irish singer-songwriter was truly the most humble and kind musician I’ve ever had the privilege of communicating with. Fergus was so appreciative of every little thing I wrote about his music, even after his band, Interference, gained worldwide attention through Once – Fergus appeared in the film and on its popular soundtrack performing the Interference song “Gold” with Glen Hansard.
I was astounded in 2010 when he sent me the unreleased demos of “Sail On” and “Dark Days” and asked for my “critical advice.” As if I had any right to an opinion! Let alone the ability to offer any advice or constructive criticism. I don’t think he ever realized how talented or how famous he was, even those raw demos blew my mind. That kind of genuine artistry and strong character is so rare now.
Fergus once told me Bowie was “a massive influence” on his musuc – particularly my favorite Interference song “Psycho Jill.” Fergus O’Farrell likely won’t garner the same amount of memorial tributes as David Bowie, but the music world has suffered just as big a loss of true artistic genius with his passing.