There is a deep sadness in Donegal and the wider Irish music community following the passing of Aengus Friel, also known as Shammen Delly.
The much-loved Buncrana musician passed away suddenly on Wednesday.
He had carved his name as an electronic artist, drawing inspiration from the hills of his native Donegal to produce ambient electronica and soundscapes.
As the devastating news of his passing was shared yesterday, Aengus’ family, friends and colleagues have been sharing heartfelt tributes in his memory.
He is being remembered as a true talent, and a fun and loving person who had the ability to make everyone laugh.
A tribute from the Regional Cultural Centre said: “Aengus was a fantastic person, always smiling and bursting with a passion for music and experimental sound. His art practice flourished over the past few years and we were always excited to hear about his projects. It was an absolute pleasure to have him as an artist-in-residence at the RCC only few short months ago. If you’re not familiar with his music, make sure to check it out.”
The team at An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny wrote: “We were fortunate to have Aengus here as a technician for a number of years, and his happy smile and good humour lit up many an occasion. He was loved by everyone. He was also a talented artist and musician in his own right, and we had been heartened to see how his career had developed. Our thoughts are with his close friends and family at this difficult time. Ní bheidh a léithead arís ann is often said, but never truer than in terms of Aengus.”
Donegal band Tuath, who often worked with Friel, described him as a “fiercely loyal, fiercely beautiful soul.”
Belfast band Junk Drawer said: “Donegal lost a genuine visionary, and a beautiful human being last night.”
Author Seamus O’Reilly said: “Utterly gutted to to hear of the death of Aengus Friel Lawrence, of Shammen Delly. He was an incredible talent and a lovely soul. Can’t comprehend it at all. RIP.”
Funeral Arrangements, Aengus Friel Lawrence:
Mr Friel’s remains are reposing at the home of his parents Sally and Thomas Lawrence, 37 Allendale, Aghilly, Buncrana.
The funeral is from there on Saturday afternoon at 12.15pm going to Star of the Sea Church, Dessertegney, Linsfort, Buncrana for Requiem Mass at 1pm with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Family and close friends only please from 10pm to 10am.
All enquiries to McFeeley Funeral Directors, Clonmany on 087 761 8864.