Kennan, Gavin, & Byrne!
This will be a magical and memorable night of mighty Irish music!
Tickets £18/£16 concs
In a move that is sure to energise the Irish traditional music scene, three of Ireland’s finest instrumentalists have come together to form a new group. Paddy Keenan, Frankie Gavin and Dermot Byrne merge their considerable musical talents for a series of special performances. This awesome trio ‘KGB’ are synonymous with Irish music at it’s greatest! – Each member are multiple award winners who have made outstanding contributions to traditional Irish music. They are each acclaimed in their own individual right and as members of some of this country’s most famous Irish super-groups,, dating from the early 1970s to the present day.
Paddy Keenan is one of Ireland`s finest pipers, best known as a founding member of The Bothy Band, one of Irish music’s most influential bands of the 1970s, with whom he played in venues all over the world. Paddy is also an accomplished low whistle and banjo player. Paddy’s contributions to traditional Irish music were marked in 2002, when he received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Musician of the Year award, which is presented to musical heroes of the modern age, and in 2011 by the Irish Music Association, with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Frankie Gavin is one of Ireland`s greatest ever fiddle players. His name is immediately associated with the group De Dannan who were also formed in the 1970s, and are credited with breaking new ground in Irish traditional music through innovative choices of material and arrangements and a unique style of playing. Frankie has recorded and played with every genre of music from the Rolling Stones to Stephane Grappelli. He has the distinction of playing for four US presidents. In addition to being a world-class fiddle player Frankie is also a top class tin whistle and concert flute player.
Dermot Byrne is one of Ireland’s most outstanding traditional accordion players. For many years a member of Altan, Dermot performed, recorded and toured extensively with the group along with artists like Donal Lunny, Steve Cooney and Stephane Grappelli, bringing the beauty and joy of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world. In other collaborations he has performed previously with Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, and The Stunning along with many other outstanding Irish and international musicians. For his contribution to Irish music Dermot was chosen as TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year 2013.