Frankie Gavin -TradFest

Frankie Gavin, legendary fiddle player from De Danann, plays the National Concert Hall on Friday, the 17th of March.

A fitting way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, the penultimate concert of Trad Fest is given over to renowned fiddler and member of De Danann, Frankie Gavin.


For the concert, Frank Gavin leads a troupe of some of Ireland's best emerging young traditional talent through an exciting cultural landscape of traditional music featuring Sean Nos and Step Dancing.


Born in county Galway in 1956, Frankie Gavin hails from a very musical family and began playing Irish traditional music at the age of four on the tin whistle. Martin Rabbitt taught him to read music in Galway but he is largely self-taught and has a remarkable ability for learning music by heart.


At the age of seventeen, the prodigious Gavin was placed first in the All Ireland Uner-18 Fiddle and Flute competitions on the same day. Gavin soon developed a vast repertoire of tunes from the traditional music of the West of Ireland and the 78s US recordings of Michael Coleman and James Morrision.


In the early '70s, Gavin began playing in a session with Alex Finn, Mickey Finn, Johnnie McDonagh and Charlie Piggott that eventually transformed into the renowned trad group, De Danann.


When De Danann were looking for a singer, Gavin drafted in Dolores and her rendition of "The Rambling Irishman" on their debut album gained the band a lot of radio airplay.


Over 15 albums, De Danann showcased the talents of Maura O'Connell and Martin O'Connor while reinterpreting rock tunes such as "Hey Jude" and classical pieces such as "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" in imaginative trad arrangements.


Frankie Gavin has released six critically acclaimed albums, published "A Classical Reel", "Do It in Jigtime" and "Maam Valley" and performed with everyone from The Rolling Stones to Earl Scruggs to Stephane Grappelli.


A pivotal figure in Irish traditional music, Frankie Gavin plays the National Concert Hall on the 17th of March.


Frankie Gavin
National Concert Hall

Buy Tickets

Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: €25/€20/€17.50

Tickets are available from the National Concert Hall Box Office.


National Concert Hall

Earlsfort Terrace,

Dublin 2.

Tel: + 353 (0) 1 4170000

National Concert Hall