The Celtic Junction

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Frankie Gavin in Concert, Nov 11

Music starts 8pm. Doors 7:30. Advance tickets $17, $20 at the door. GET TICKETS

Frankie will be joined by Tommy McCarthy on fiddle and Louise Costello on banjo.

Frankie Gavin has been playing fiddle & flute since his teenage years. At the age of seventeen, he won two All Ireland competitions – for fiddle and flute. Originally influenced by some of the great Irish and American-Irish fiddle players, James Morrison, & Michael Coleman, he later found himself playing with stars such as The Rolling Stones, Stephane Grappelli, Elvis Costello, Earl Scruggs & Yehudi Menhuin as well as with some of the great contemporary players & singers of traditional Irish music. All have left their mark on his eclectic approach to music.

The name Frankie Gavin is also synonymous with De Dannan the globally renowned band he founded in the mid-1970s. After a short break in the early 2000s, Frankie restarted the band with a new young line-up. The current incarnation maintains the super-stellar quality of those iconic early De Dannans. 

In his time, Gavin has played for four American presidents, starting, as a seven-year old, when he played for John F. Kennedy on his 1962 visit to Ireland, for Presidents 

Clinton & Bush & most recently, for Barack and Michelle Obama, when the president visited his ancestral home in the village Moneygall in County Offaly. 

Footnote The Guinness Book of Records, that bible of bizarre human conditions & activities, lists Frankie Gavin as the world’s fastest fiddle player. On 20 September 2010, he played a traditional Irish tune, The Foxhunter’s Reel, at a breath-taking 150 beats per minute!

Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello come from families steeped in traditional Irish music.

Tommy (fiddle), was born in London to Irish parents, who emigrated from the west of Ireland in the early 1950s. His father Tommy Sr. was a well known piper & concertina player from Co. Clare, so Tommy grew up listening to traditional music & playing with all of the legendary Irish players who were living in London, including: Máirtín Byrnes, Raymond Roland, Roger Sherlock, Danny Meehan, Paddy Taylor & Bobby Casey. He also recalls meeting John Kelly & Willie Clancy during frequent visits to Ireland. With his family, he performed throughout Ireland & the U.K. - including The Royal Albert Hall, London. 

Louise (banjo) from Galway, played with her father Denny & local fiddlers: Joe Morris & Jim O'Brien, flute player Joe Collins & friend Paddy Hession. In her late teens she broadened her musical horizons & became part of Galway's vibrant session scene. It was there that her banjo playing was influenced by Charlie Piggott.

Tommy & Louise met in 1987 playing trad sessions in the Boston area & have continued to play together & with many notable musicians including The Chieftains & many more.