‘Frankie Gavin and De Dannan’ is in the middle of a 32-county tour of Ireland in a move which Frankie Gavin states is largely motivated by the bands wish to “lift the hearts of the Irish people during this extraordinary economic climate in Ireland”.
Frankie Gavin is one of the genuine legends of Irish music and in September he entered the Guinness World Records as the fastest fiddle player in the world.
‘De Dannan’ has been responsible over many years for bringing some of Ireland’s immensely talented traditional performers to the world stage and in the word’s of Rob Fraboni, Producer of ‘The Last Waltz’; ‘the current line up tops them all’.
The current band has performed everywhere from The White House and US Capitol Building to Beijing Opera House and in addition has performed and recorded with a long list of musical luminaries which includes The Rolling Stones. ‘Frankie Gavin and De Dannan’ has also entered an exclusive club by having performed for three US Presidents in addition to a variety of other international dignitaries including Prince Albert of Monaco.
The current ‘De Dannan’ ensemble is led by Frankie Gavin on fiddle, flutes & whistles with Damien Mullane on accordian, Eric Cunningham on percussion, flutes and whistles, Mike Galvin on bouzouki and guitars and Michelle Lally on vocals. A new album featuring the most recent ‘De Dannan’ line up, entitled ‘Jigs, Reels & Rock ‘n’ Roll’, which includes a guest appearance by Ronnie Wood of the ‘Rolling Stones’ was released on September 23rd 2010 and currently features on the Irish album charts.
Frankie Gavin and De Dannan appear at Backstage on Thursday September 29 at 8:30pm. Tickets €20 are available on 043 33 47888, from Farrell & Coy in Longford Town or on Backstage’s new website www.backstage.ie