Legendary fiddle player Frankie Gavin plays The Cobblestone Pub in Smithfield, Dublin for 1 night only on Friday 10th November at 8:30pm **sharp**. He will be accompanied by renowned Bouzouki player Ruairí McGorman on the night.
Family Entry: €50
*Arrive early to avoid disappointment!*
Frankie Gavin was born in 1956 in Corrandulla, County Galway, from a musical family; his parents and siblings being players of the fiddle and accordion. As a child he played the tin whistle from the age of four and, later, the flute. 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. In the early 1970s Gavin played musical sessions at Galway’s Cellar Bar, with Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar), Mickey Finn (fiddle), Charlie Piggott (banjo), and Johnnie (Ringo) McDonagh (bodhrán). In 1974, from these and further sessions, he founded the group De Dannan with Alec Finn and went on to perform all over the world. Over the years Gavin has recorded many classic albums including ‘Omos do Joe Cooley’ with Paul Brock and Charlie Lennon and many more. He has also played and recorded with Andy Irvine, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Stéphane Grappelli, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and in 2010 became reputedly the fastest fiddle-player in the world, with an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.
Ruairi McGorman is an established Greek bouzouki & fiddle player from Ratoath in County Meath. Growing up in a musical family, Ruairi was exposed to traditional music from a very young age, with his mother being flute player Catherine McEvoy and his entire family being accomplished musicians. After obtaining a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University, Ruairi moved to Australia where he taught traditional music for ‘The Gaelic Club’ in Sydney and performed at various festivals including The National Folk Festival in Canberra and Ceol Aneas in Nelson, New Zealand. Upon moving back to Ireland two years later, he became a Primary School Teacher and currently works with children with special educational needs. Ruairi is also in demand as an accompanist and can be heard on a number of recordings with his brother Fergus, Aidan Connolly, Jack Talty, Dan Brouder & Angelina Carberry, Ado Barker, John Blake and Paudie O’Connor and Aoife O’Keefe.