Frankie Gavin Upcoming Concerts
September 15– Monaco – Grace Kelly Irish Symphonic Suite – Frankie with orchestra / Frankie & From Dannan
September 20 – Clifden Arts Festival -Frankie Gavin with Catherine McHugh
September 21 – Westport by Matt Molloy -Frankie Gabin with Catherine McHugh
September 24 – The Crane, Galway -Frankie Gabin with Catherine McHugh
September 28 – Kathy Barry’s BarWaterford -Frankie Gabin with Catherine McHugh
September 29 – Clonmel World Music, Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel – Frankie Gabin wwith Catherine McHugh
October 1 – Liege Folklore Festival – Frankie Gavin with Catherine McHugh, new album launch
October 7 – Sheridans, Miltown – Frankie Gavin with Catherine McHugh
October 8 – The Pavement, Dublin -Frankie Gavin with Catherine McHugh
Frankie Gavin has been playing the violin and the flute since he was a teenager. At the age of seventeen, he won the All-Ireland violin and flute competitions. Originally influenced by the great Irish and Irish-American violinists, James Morrison and Michael Coleman, he then found himself playing with stars: the Rolling Stones, Stéphane Grappelli, James Galway and Yehudi Menuhin as well as with many great contemporary players. and singers of traditional Irish music. All marked his eclectic approach to music. In 2010, he officially became the fastest violinist in the world when he played The fox hunter’s reelat a breathtaking 150 beats per minute!
In his time, Gavin played for four American presidents, starting at the age of six when he played for John F. Kennedy during his visit to Ireland in 1962, then later for Presidents Clinton, Bush and Barack Obama. He also performed for French President Mitterrand, Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince Albert of Monaco and in front of the Pope during his last visit to Ireland.
Perhaps most importantly, Frankie Gavin’s name is synonymous with From Dannan, the world-famous band he founded with Alec Finn in the mid-1970s. After a short hiatus, in the early 2000s, Frankie launched a new version of the band with a young line-up. But two years later, to the surprise and delight of many, the old band reformed and played a few special gigs, perhaps most nostalgically at Spiddal, near Galway where From Dannan was born; the legendary line-up on this occasion was Frankie Gavin, Alec Finn, Aidan Coffey, Colm Murphy and iconic singer Dolores Keane.
But the creative geniuses don’t stand still for long, and in addition to solo work, Frankie Gavin is now involved in several new and exciting bands.
Frankie Gavin and De Dannan
This is an amazing new line-up led by Frankie, featuring Frankie on violin and flute, Catherine Mc Hugh on keyboards, Conor Connolly on accordion and vocals, Kaitlin Cullen-Verhauz on vocals and cello .
The Roaring Twenties Irish Orchestraa group formed to recreate the sound of the Flanagan Brothers, an Irish musical family who emigrated from Waterford to New York in 1911 and became famous for their songs and dance music throughout the 1920s and 1930s. A recording of this music, By devilwas launched at Waterford Town Hall in August 2018. This “orchestra” includes Frankie on violin, Emma Corbett on melodeon, Martin Murray on banjo, Carl Hession on piano and a “back row” of double bass, clarinet and a 4 piece brass ensemble.
Origina line-up including Frankie, three highly accomplished violin players, Sorcha Costello, Eadaoin Ni Mhaicin and Ciara O’Brien with Brian McGrath on keyboards and George Grasso on bouzouki.
For many former De Dannan fans, the best news of 2018 was that Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn reconciled their differences and played together again, not only in group formations but in duos. In 1977, they made a recording together. In mid-2018, they recorded together again to mark 40 years of their partnership. Tragically, Alec Finn passed away just weeks after the release of the new recording.
With all of that in mind, there’s no doubt that 2018 was a momentous year for Frankie Gavin. Winning Traditional Musician of the Year at the Gradam Ceoil Awards in January was the icing on the cake. The awards ceremony included messages from Ronnie Wood – Frankie is a huge Rolling Stones fan – Prince Albert of Monaco, and a speech by President Michael D. Higgins.
There is more information about Frankie Gavin as well as videos and audio tracks on this site https://frankiegavin-dedannan.irish