Image by candyschwartz via FlickrHenry McGlade
The Yard Bar in Matt Molloy’s, Westport, will be hopping this Friday when Frankie Gavin and his renowned folk group De Dannan take to the stage.
Frankie Gavin is one of the genuine legends of Irish music. He first graced our TV screens at the tender age of six, endearing himself to those who saw him playing the tin-whistle. Many years and seven solo albums later, his forays into the realms of jazz, gospel, rock and even the Eastern European Jewish tradition of Klezmer have become the stuff of legend. Gavin is also the original founding member of De Dannan.
For many years, De Dannan were the forerunners in the Irish traditional music world, but after 33 years, 14 albums and a number of changes in the line up, the group disbanded in 2003. At that time, the band had already been instrumental in bringing singers Dolores Keane, Mary Black, Maura O’Connell, Eleanor Shanley and Tommy Fleming to international prominence.
In August of last year, Gavin decided to ressurect the group, only with a new line up, which in his own words ‘reflects a De Dannan of the 21st century’.
The current ensemble is comprised of Gavin on fiddle, flutes and whistles; Damien Mullane on accordian; Eric Cunningham on percussion, flutes and whistles; Mike Galvin on bouzouki and guitars; and Michelle Lally on vocals.
The concert in Matt Molloy’s this Friday starts at 8pm. Tickets (€20 each) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the door for €20.