January 11 2021

RTÉ Entertainment: "The trailer for Breaking Out, the award-winning documentary about the life and work of the late Cork singer-songwriter Fergus O'Farrell, has been launched ahead of the film's release.

Directed by Michael McCormack and filmed over 10 years, Breaking Out tells the story of Fergus O'Farrell's band Interference, his most-famous song Gold - as heard in the film and stage show Once - and his life with Muscular Dystrophy."


October 21 2020

Southern Star: "Release of award winning documentary Breaking Out postponed.

As a result of the new restrictions, the release of Michael McCormack’s award-winning documentary Breaking Out has been postponed.

Element Distribution will confirm a new release date as soon as it’s possible to do so.

The film charts the life of Schull musician Fergus O’Farrell who was the charismatic voice of Interference, one of the most compelling and influential bands to emerge from the Irish music scene in the 1990’s.

He was best known for his timeless song Gold which featured in the soundtrack to Once, the Oscar winning film and multi-Tony-award-winning musical.


February 1 2017

Irish Examiner: "One year on Interference vocalist Fergus O’Farrell is remembered"


Autumn 2016

Avian Atack side-project

"A very recent work in progress with Fergus o'Farrell – the beautiful and talented individual who left for adventures beyond this realm earlier this year. This is from an Avian Attak session – Avian Attak is Fergus O'Farrell and James O'Leary from Interference with Hyper[borea]'s David Bickley. The band formed around an improv jam session in Winstanley Studios down in West County Cork. Another three sessions evolved a large catalogue of strange and interesting tracks. These were sent to ex-Orb member Tom Green in his Brixton studio where he remixed the original parts. We then took these to the famed Lettercollum Studios and painstakingly edited the material and added a little special something with the expert help of John Fitzgerald before loving mastering by Dan Dan."


February 2 2016

Irish Times: "Very sad news from west Cork about the death of Fergus O’Farrell, best known as the singer and frontman with Irish band Interference. In more recent years, his work as an painter also had O’Farrell in the spotlight."


December 28 2013

The Fanning Sessions have uploaded Interference (1988 Session)


February 23 2012

Documentary on One

A Talent for Life - The Fergus O'Farrell Story

"The remarkable story of Fergus O'Farrell - Irish singer-songwriter behind the cult band Interference, and song "Gold" featured in the soundtrack and Broadway adaptation of the movie Once."


February 2008

THE SWELL SEASON - Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová with Special Guests Fergus O'Farrell and Interference

MON MAY 19, 2008 8:00PM

Fresh from Their OSCAR win, Glen and Markéta are doing a tour of the States and Fergus and Co. will be joining them for the New York Gig on May 19th.

Tickets for the NYC gig go on sale this Saturday from RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL and but can be got now from The Frames Website.

Don't miss this chance to see Fergus on one of the most famous stages in the world.


January 2008

The "Once" soundtrack has sold 363,000 copies since it debuted on May 22 2007, making it the tenth best-selling soundtrack of 2007.


May 22 2007

Interference's song "Gold" features on the soundtrack for the movie "Once".


February 23 2007

Fergus O'Farrell release a new album called "All Your Life" in collaboration with David Bickley on the Irish based Psychonavigation label.

"Fergus O'Farrell was one of the founding members of Irish outfit Interference and David Bickley was the founding member of Hyper[borea] as well as working with Brian Eno's Opal company before he moved to Ireland, features a collection of sweet and quite catchy electronic pop sounds, seven track mini album, also features remixes from electric penguins, digitonal stars remix, epic instrumental remix by Charles Chx reeves, Chris Coco and Sacha Puttnam remix of 3rd world and all your life extended mix."


September 2006

Paul Tiernan newsletter: "I’ll be accompanied by my tiny (but wonderful) orchestra: Kevin Murphy on cello and Colm McCaughey on fiddle for the Cobblestones and for the Sirius Art’s Centre, Marja Tuhkanen on fiddle.

For De Barras I’ll have special guests and for the Interference show we’ll have the irrepressible Bertrand Galen on cello with Maurice Seezer on accordion/piano.

Sunday, November 12th: The Cobblestones, Smithfield (checkout for cheaper advance tickets)…
Admission: 10 euros in advance/13 euros at the door
(e-mail paul [at] for tickets)
Special guest Dave Geraghty

Thursday, November 16th: De Barras, Clonakilty, West Cork
Contact: 023 33381 for tickets

Friday, November 17th: Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
for gig details visit
Doors open at 8pm
Admission: 12 euros
Contact (021) 481 3790 for tickets

Saturday, November 18th: The Courtyard, Schull, West Cork (Interference concert)


September 2005

Interference are playing at the Glebe Amphitheatre, Baltimore, West Cork on Saturday, September the 3rd. Please ring 028-20232 for more details/tickets.

For this concert, our only one this summer in Ireland, we will have Marja on fiddle and Bertrand on cello.....the venue is a natural amphitheatre so we think this will be one to remember.


April 2005

The new Courtyard has opened in Schull, West Cork. As most Cork fans know, the Courtyard has been almost a home to Interference over the past years and many memorable shows have taken place there.

To celebrate the opening Interference will be playing there on Saturday, April 30th 2005. The new bar can hold a very limited number of people so we would ask people to book ahead if possible.


January 2005

Interference will be playing at Mother Redcaps on Saturday, February 19th. This will be one of the last concerts ever to be held in Mother Redcaps as it is about to be demolished.

As the original building was home to Interference for so long, it is only fitting that they should sing the final farewell.

Friday, February 11th: Sirius Art's Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork (Paul Tiernan as special guest) Phone/Fax: 021 481 3790
Email: Web:

Saturday, February 12th: The Blackbird, Ballycotton, Co. Cork (Paul Tiernan solo gig) 021 4646274

Wednesday, February 16th: the Slatehouse Bar (on the top floor in Busker Brownes) Galway (Paul Tiernan solo gig)

Saturday, February 19th: Mother Redcaps, Dublin (Paul Tiernan as special guest with Colm McCaughey on fiddle and Kevin Murphy on cello)

Wednesday, February 23rd: De Barras, Clonakilty (Paul Tiernan as special guest)

Saturday, February 26th: The Lobby, Cork (Paul Tiernan solo gig with Kieran Kennedy as special guest)


July 2004

Two acoustic concerts in September, 2004:

Thursday, September 9: De Barras, Clonakilty, West Cork
Tuesday, September 14: The Courtyard, Schull, West Cork (tbc)


April 6 2004

Some new gigs to look forward to:

Interference play on Tuesday May 11th at the Fiddle Fair,
McCarthy's Pub, Baltimore, Co. Cork.

Paul Tiernan plays De Barras, Clonakilty, Co. Cork on Thursday May 13th.

The Interference album is now available on Gael Linn Records.


February 2004

Interference play:

Saturday, March 6th at Mother Redcap's Tavern, Christchurch, Dublin with support from Paul Tiernan
Saturday, March 13th at the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh
support from Paul Tiernan
Thursday, March 18th at De Barras, Clonakilty, West Cork
Saturday, March 20th at The Courtyard, Schull, West Cork

Paul Tiernan is also playing a solo gig at The Lobby, Cork on Friday,
March 12th.


September 2003

Interference ...back by popular demand !

"Following the success of the recent Vicar Street appearance, and an unprecedented public outcry for another show in Dublin, Interference will be playing an acoustic set with special guests in WHELANS at 8PM on Sunday September 28 2003."

Clonakilty, De Barras: October 7
Half Moon Theatre, Cork: October 9]


June 2003

Interference are performing in Vicar St. on June 6 2003 with many special guests.


March 2003

Interference are performing on "Other Voices" on March 11, on Network 2 at 9pm.

Set list: American Townland, Nowhere, Cain And Abel, Prayer Before A Voyage, Vaj Vaj, Gold, Breaking Out.


February 22 2003

Interference are performing 'Prayer Before A Voyage' on The Late Late Show this Friday. Be sure to check it out!


February 20 2003

The first episode of 'Other Voices - Songs From A Room' will be broadcast on Network 2 at 9pm on Tuesday 25 February.

Full line up:

Episode 1 The Frames
Episode 2 Damien Rice
Episode 3 Interference
Episode 4 Damien Dempsey
Episode 5 Nina Hynes
Episode 6 Josh Ritter
Episode 7 Compilation featuring Jerry Fish and Katell Keineg
Episode 8 Mundy
Episode 9 Maria Doyle Kennedy & Fergus O'Farrell Episode 10 Mark Geary
Episode 11 Compilation featuring Paddy Casey, Roesy and John Hegarty
Episode 12 Emmett Tinley
Episode 13 Compilation featuring Ronan Ó Snodaigh, Martin Finke, Barry McCormack, Paul Tiernan and Ger Wolfe


February 2003

The Interference album is now reissued and is available from The Living Tradition record shop in Cork.


December 14 2002

Interference play as part of the "Other Voices: Songs From A Room" series of gigs in Dingle, Co. Kerry which is being recorded by RTÉ.


November 29 2002

Interference play at Skylarkin, the Mic Christopher tribute night in Vicar St., Dublin.



Interference release the 'Vinegar Girl' single, featuring Glen Hansard (The Frames) on backing vocals. They also made a video for the single which was played on 2TV.



Interference release their first single 'Looking For Someone' on Shack Records.