Farrell Spence is a Canadian Roots/Americana singer and songwriter who hails from Vancouver, Canada.
In April of 2007 she released her first album, A Town Called Hell. It was received well and garnered positive reviews from various UK, Irish and American music magazines who focus on the Americana/Bluegrass scene and artists within it.
Spence has performed to houses in her hometown of Vancouver as well as in Ireland, the UK and Italy. In Vancouver in 2008 she joined an ensemble band with Trish Klein and Frazey Ford of The Be Good Tanyas, Simon Kendall of Doug and The Slugs, Rob Wilson, Mark Beatty, Khari McClelland and John Raham for a series of live gospel shows titled The Sweet Sounds Gospel Show.
In June of 2008 Spence moved to Cork, Ireland to write the songs for a new CD in a new environment. She worked with several Irish musicians from Eoghan Regan and David Murphy, to famed Dublin slide-guitar player, NC Lawlor. While she wrote most of the material for her second CD, Song For The Sea, in Ireland, in the end she decided to work with Italian guitar player and lyricist, Francesco Forni, to complete the project. The two had found a sound and a tone together that was unrivalled in previous shows and recordings.
In the spring of 2009 Spence and Forni began playing live dates in Italy, Ireland and Northern Ireland. They were then invited to an interview and live performance on BBC Radio in May 2009 after they were seen performing at The Errigle Inn in Belfast. The two then collaborated on the recording of Spence’s second album, Song For The Sea, which they recorded in room 501 of Ripa Hotel in Rome, Italy. Spence and Forni were seeking an organic and natural sound when they set out to record the second album and the result was exactly that. They released the much anticipated recordings from Song For The Sea to packed houses at live shows in Rome, Italy, on September 8th and 9th of 2011 at Teatro Valle and Riunione Di Condiminio.
Song For The Sea will be released in North America in October of 2011.
Two of Spence’s songs were licensed for Showtime’s ‘The Chris Isaak Show’ and she can be heard on regular rotation on CBC Radio in Canada, RTE Radio in Ireland, BBC Radio in the UK, RAI in Italy and a myriad of college and independent radio stations and net-stations broadcasting from the USA, Canada and Europe.