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Frankie Gavin plays Portlaoise
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Frankie Gavin plays Portlaoise

Frankie Gavin plays Portlaoise

Frankie Gavin and De Dannan are set to play an eagerly-anticipated gig in Portlaoise. The concert is at the Dunamaise Arts Centre on Saturday the 2nd of July 2016 at 8pm. Tickets are €20. For tickets click here.

Frankie Gavin, who is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s fastest fiddle player, collaborated with, among others, Sir Yehudi Menuhin and Stephane Grappelli as well as rock stars, Elvis Costello and The Rolling Stones. In 2009, Frankie Gavin [decided to revived the band name De Dannan and] formed the band Frankie Gavin and De Dannan. Under this name, the band has gone from strength to strength.

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In addition to high profile performances for American and Irish presidents, the Monaco royal family and the Music Festival which preceded the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Frankie Gavin and De Dannan have continued to maintain close contact with their roots; many of their home gigs take place in arts centres and theatres across Ireland as well as at traditional music festivals.

Frankie Gavin And De Dannan come to Portlaoise

Frankie Gavin And De Dannan come to Portlaoise

 

The current line-up, consists of Frankie Gavin on fiddle, viola, flute and whistle, Barry Brady on button accordion, Dan Bodwell on double bass, Colm O’Caoimh on guitar, and vocalist Bernadine Casserly. On instrumental numbers, for which the band are rightly world famous, the powerhouse of this line-up is the interplay, especially on the faster numbers, between Gavin and Brady, both masters of their instruments, who ricochet off each other in a way which brings standing ovations from audiences who are lucky enough to see them live.

 

The band’s repertoire includes their trademark sets of lively, sometimes furious jigs and reels –– but their choice of material, arrangements and playing style combine to set traditional Irish music in a wider musical and cultural context. This 21st century line-up infuses the band’s inherited music with a bewildering range of influences – from gypsy jazz to contemporary pop music, and from mainstream European classical music, to sentimental Irish-American ballads. The band’s latest recordings, the CD Jigs and Jazz II and their recent single which pairs Handel’s The Queen Of Sheba with Paul Mc Cartney’s Calico Skies, illustrate perfectly the fusion of sounds and influences that now characterise their music.

Frankie Gavin And De Dannan set to wow Portlaoise

Frankie Gavin And De Dannan set to wow Portlaoise

 

Frankie Gavin and De Dannan lead us into exciting sometimes unknown territory. By any standard, this is a remarkable achievement, made possible by Gavin’s vision of where Irish music can and should go and by the commitment and musical skill of the members of his band.