FRANKIE GAVIN | Irish Fiddle Legend


Held at the Kells Ballroom in downtown PDX.
Cocktail hour & doors open at 6pm, concert starts at 7!

Please visit our Eventbrite page to purchase online tickets. Tickets are $29 (including booking fee). Likely to sell out prior to event, but any tickets left will be available for purchase at the door.

Frankie Gavin was born in 1956 in Corrandulla, County Galway, from a musical family; his parents and siblings being players of the fiddle and accordion. As a child he played the tin whistle from the age of four and, later, the flute. He received some formal training in music, but his musical ability on the fiddle is mainly self-taught. When 17 years old, he gained first place in both the All Ireland Under-18 Fiddle and Flute competitions.

In the early 1970s Gavin played musical sessions at Galway’s Cellar Bar, with Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar), Mickey Finn (fiddle), Charlie Piggott (banjo), and Johnnie (Ringo) McDonagh (bodhrán).[4] In 1974, from these and further sessions, he founded the group De Dannan with Alec Finn. 

Gavin has played and recorded with Andy Irvine, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Stéphane Grappelli, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood and in 2010 became reputedly the fastest fiddle-player in the world, with an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.