Frankie Gavin is one of the genuine legends of Irish
music. From his first TV appearance at the age of seven, through
sixteen albums with the seminal Dé Dannan, seven solo albums,
his adventures in the realms of Jazz and Gospel, to appearances
and recordings with such luminaries as Earl Scruggs, Stephane Grapelli,
Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and The Rolling Stones, ‘the prince of
Irish fiddlers' is one of the outstanding performers of the past
thirty years. In recent years Frankie and his band have played support
to the Rolling Stones at Slane Castle, performed with the U.A.E.
Philharmonic and Dublin Philharmonic Orchestras during a tour of
the USA. Frankie has also performed at The White House, on two separate
occasions for President Bush and President Obama.
2009 Frankie Gavin has been back on the road and with new De Dannan
members. The current line-up being Frankie (Fiddle/Flute/Whistles),
Damien Mullane (Accordian), Eric Cunningham (Percussion/Flutes/Whistles),
Mike Galvin (Bouzouki/Guitar) and Michelle Lally (Vocals). The reaction
the band has received on numerous tours of the US and Ireland has
been fantastic with standing ovations being a regular occurrence.
The band have now released a new recording ‘Jigs, Reels &
Rock n’ Roll’ on the Tara Music Label. The album contains
fifteen tracks of classic De Dannan music including musical pieces
more commonly associated with the like of the Beatles, Rod Stewart
and Ronnie Wood, who plays guitar on his and Rod Stewart’s
track Gasoline Ally. Along with the very best of Irish Traditional
music, Michelle Lally provides the haunting vocals on tracks including
‘If You Love Me’ and ‘Heartbreak Pier’ amongst
"This is the best incarnation of 'De
Dannan' I have ever witnessed and I believe I have seen and heard
all the line ups over the years...sensational."
Rob Fabroni, August 2010 (Producer of The Last Waltz)
'Electrifying' is an adjective that's too often used to describe
certain performances but this is one instance where it's absolutely
unavoidable. If you've never been lucky enough to see Frankie Gavin
perform live, prepare to be... shocked.