Farryl Purkiss


Farryl Purkiss is a South African born singer-songwriter. Farryl first picked up the guitar when he was fifteen years old and began writing songs shortly after his sixteenth birthday. He self released an EP in 2005 (Chapter One) that created waves in his home town of Durban and later that year began talks with 2Feet Music. He was signed to 2Feet Music soon after and started performing heavily outside of South Africa leading up to the release of his full length debut album, released in South Africa in 2007, to high acclaim, chart success and award nominations. He has since spent most of his time touring the world playing major festivals such as BIG DAY OUT, BYRON BAY BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL, THE GREAT ESCAPE, OPPIKOPPI, ROCKING THE DAISIES, SPLASHY FEN and the WHITE MOUNTAIN FOLK FESTIVAL to name but a few.

As well as numerous tours supporting artists such as CROWDED HOUSE, FINLEY QUAYE, MISSY HIGGINS and THE VIOLENT FEMMES.

“Fruitbats & Crows” (2009) was the long awaited follow up to Farryl Purkiss’s 2006 internationally critically acclaimed self titled album. The record won a South African Music Award. In the past three years, Purkiss has toured Australia three times, Europe, USA and of course, South Africa. He’s had radio success in all of the above territories including Japan and a #1 in France.. His songs have been used in campaigns by Nissan (Greece), Audi (UK), MTN (South Africa) as well as twice on the American TV show “Private Practice”. In 2007 he was voted the most popular musician by Heat Magazine (South Africa) and has been featured by every major newspaper, magazine, TV show and radio station in South Africa.

He finished his 3rd full length record (Home) in 2013, which was recorded on a farm in the suburb Constantia. It was produced by American producer Kieran Kelly(Sufjan Stevens, Angus & Julia Stone). The album was released to rave reviews and was also nominated for a SAMA award.

Besides his records his songs have been used in numerous advertising campaigns, TV series and Motion Pictures.