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Community Concert: Frankie Gavin, Master Irish Fiddler
Fri, February 1 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, February 1st
Frankie Gavin – Master Irish Fiddler
Sylvia Center for the Arts – Lucas Hicks Theater
Doors at 6:30pm, Music at 7pm
General $25, Students and Seniors $20
Frankie has been playing fiddle and flute since his teenage years. At the age of 17, he won two all-Ireland competitions, for fiddle and flute. 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 2000s, Frankie restarted the band with a new young line up. The current incarnation maintains the stellar quality of those iconic early De Dannans. Gavin played for four American presidents. As a seven-year old, when he played with John F. Kennedy on his 1962 visit to Ireland, for President Clinton and Bush and more recently for Barack and Michelle Obama, when the president visited his ancestral home in the village of Moneygall in County Offaly.
The plain fact is that there is no more exciting fiddle player or moving flute player in the world of Irish music today. The Guinness Book of Records, that bible of bizarre human conditions and activities, lists Frankie as the worlds fastest fiddle player. On September 2010, he played a traditional Irish tune, The Foxhunter’s Reel, at a breath-taking 150 beats per minute!