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Derek Warfield (born 15 September 1943) is an Irish singer, songwriter, historian, and a founding member of the musical group The Wolfe Tones.

Derek Warfield
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Warfield performing live in Honolulu, 2012
Born15 September 1943 (age 74–75)
ResidenceKilcock, Ireland
EducationSynge Street CBS
Known forThe Wolfe Tones


Personal lifeEdit

Warfield was educated at Synge Street CBS.[1] He was apprenticed as a tailor until becoming a folk musician. He lives in Kilcock, Co. Kildare. On March 1, 2006 (2006-03-01),[2] Warfield's wife Nuala died, followed by the death of his eldest daughter on September 28, 2007 (2007-09-28).[3]


Derek Warfield is a singer, songwriter, mandolin player and a founding member of the Wolfe Tones,[4] performing with the band for nearly thirty seven years, writing and recording over 60 songs. As a founding member of The Wolfe Tones he featured on every album recorded by the band from 1965's debut album The Foggy Dew through to 1989's 25th Anniversary.

A solo album, Legacy was released in 1995 and was followed with Liberte’ ‘98, Sons of Erin, Take Me Home To Mayo and Clear The Way. Warfield also has a video Legacy and two books, The Songs and Ballads of 1798 and The Irish Songster of the American Civil War.

Warfield has performed his music and songs at American Civil War events and commemorations at such sites as Gettysburg, Sharpsburg and Harrisburg with his band, The Sons of Erin. Warfield’s 2002 release, Clear the Way is the second in his Irish Songs in the Civil War series.

The ballad “Take Me Home To Mayo”, written by Belfastman Seamus Robinson as a tribute to Michael Gaughan, was recorded as a duet with Irish American Andy Cooney and is the title track of another 2002 Warfield release.

In March 2006, Warfield released his 9th solo album, a 36 song double CD of Irish songs.

Derek now tours with his new band, Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones.

Books writtenEdit

A biography of Robert Emmet in two volumes, although not written by Derek Warfield, has been published by him,[citation needed] and a collaboration with Raymond Daly of Tullamore has resulted in the publishing of a critically acclaimed book of lyrics and histories of Irish songs called Celtic and Ireland in Song and Story.[5]


In 2003 after a complaint from an Ulster Unionist politician, Roy Beggs, Jr., a radio channel dedicated to the music of Derek Warfield was removed from the in-flight entertainment of Aer Lingus. Beggs complained of the "Blatant promotion of militant, armed republicanism" by the playing of this music, saying it was the same as "the speeches of Osama bin Laden being played on a trans-Atlantic Arabian airline.[6]" Aer Lingus removed the material from their flights stating: "It is something that should not have been on board and we removed it immediately we became aware of it.[7]"


  1. ^ "Christian Brothers School". Synge Street PPU. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  2. ^ "NUALA WARFIELD : Death notice - Irish Times Family Notices". Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  3. ^ "SINÉAD WARFIELD : Death notice - Irish Times Family Notices". Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  4. ^ "The Wolfe Tones: official story". The Wolfe Tones. Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  5. ^ Raymond Daly and Derek Warfield. Celtic and Ireland in Song and Story. BookBaby.
  6. ^ "Roy Gets Aer Lingus to drop 'Rebel' Songs". Roy Beggs. 25 March 2003. Archived from the original on 13 April 2003.
  7. ^ "Wolfe Tones pulled from Aer Lingus flights". Breaking 24 March 2003. Archived from the original on 10 March 2007.

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