Don Stiffe is one of the most recent singer/songwriters to emerge on the Irish Folk Scene. Stiffe hails from Galway and his singing prowess is up there with the greats that Ireland has produced.
Don's award winning debut solo album "Start of a Dream" was released in 2006 to critical acclaim. His version of the "Dimming of the Day" by Richard Thompson won vocal cut of the year from the Live Ireland 2010 awards. The fantastic musicianship on this album speaks for itself and includes Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, Arty McGlynn, Cathal Hayden and Carol Hession, to name but a few. Four of the songs on this album "Missing Galway", "Grosse Isle", "The Returning" and "The Banks of the Danube" were penned by Don himself.
Don lived in Boston (USA) in the 90's, where he was involved in the Folk Scene. He was a regular visitor to St Louis where he spent time in the company of the legendary accordian player Joe Burke who described Don as "The Bard of Bohermore".
Don's passionate singing guarantees a most impressive performance in front of a live audience as those who have seen him perform in Ireland, Europe and the USA will testify. Don has played at one of Irelands biggest sporting events - The Volvo Ocean Race in his native Galway in June 2009. In one of the biggest nights of the event he played to an estimated crowd of 50,000 people, appearing along side artists Sharon Shannon and the Saw Doctors.
In 2010, he was invited to play at the Irish Culture Festival in Cleveland Ohio, Catskills Irish Arts week in Upstate New York and at the Irish Centre, Philadelphia where he was overwhelmingly received at all of these venues.
2011 was a year to remember for Don as he was one of the finalists in The All Ireland Talent Show, one of Irelands most watched TV shows. This entailed many weeks of performing to live audiences of up to 800,000 people. His continued success brought him to guest with Irish American Band, Cherish The Ladies on their summer tour of Ireland and Scotland and also touring 18 States in USA on their Christmas Tour. The band's leader Joanie Madden introduced Stiffe as one of the best singers Ireland has produced in years.
In December 2011 Don released his second album "Lifes Journey". One of Don's own songs "Somebody Special", which is on this new album, has recently won an award for song of the year from the Live Ireland Awards, song by Matt Keane.
2012 will see Don Stiffe touring Ireland and Internationally with his new album. He will also guest with the Kilfenora Ceile Band as a follow up to his appearance on their new album which will be released later this year.
A number of Don's songs have been recorded by other artists, "Grosse Isle", recorded by Sean Keane, Kate Purcell and Danish Band, Moving Cloud. "Somebody Special" was recorded by Matt Keane and "Home in Time for Christmas", recorded by Cherish The Ladies.