Kenny’s Bar, Lahinch are pleased to present the virtuosic music of internationally acclaimed fiddle player Frankie Gavin and master of the concertina Noel Hill who will be exquisitely accompanied by Brian McGrath on piano and banjo. The combination of these three master musicians is sure to be a delight to behold in the intimate setting of Kenny’s Bar on Ireland’s wild atlantic coast.
Frankie Gavin is a fiddle player of traditional Irish music from County Galway coming from a musical family; parents and siblings being players of the fiddle and accordion. As the age of 4 he strated playing the tin whistle and, later, the flute, making his first T.V. appearance three years later. He received some formal training in music, but his musical ability on the fiddle is mainly self-taught. When 17 years old, he gained first place in both the All Ireland Under-18 Fiddle and Flute competitions.
Mainly learning by ear, he was strongly influenced by the 78 recordings of Michael Coleman and James Morrison. In the early 1970s Gavin played musical sessions at Galways’s Cellar Bar, with Alec Finn (bouzouki/guitar), Mickey Finn (fiddle), Charlie Piggot (banjo), and Johnnie (Ringo) MaDonagh (Bodhrán). This led to the formation of De Dannan in 1973. His Currandulla connection came in useful when De Danann were looking for a singer, and it was he who came up with Dolores Keane from nearby Cahirlistrane. When De Danann brought out their first album, her singing of The Rambling Irishman gained a lot of airplay for the group. Although De Danann has had many highpoints over a quarter of a century, particularly with the singing of Dolores Keane and Maura O’Connell and the box playing of Mairtin O’Connor, Frankie’s powerful virtuoso fiddle playing has always been at the core of the De Dannan sound.