Salon Concerts Chicago is thrilled to announce Galway fiddle and flute legend Frankie Gavin in concert with Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello at the Irish American Heritage Center 8PM Saturday, November 12, 2016 in Room 109. (pictured above, Frankie Gavin and Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello in front of The Burren Pub.
Frankie Gavin has been playing fiddle & flute since his teenage years. At the age of seventeen, he won two All-Ireland competitions. Originally influenced by some of the great Irish and American-Irish fiddle players, James Morrison, & Michael Coleman, he later found himself playing with stars such as The Rolling Stones, Stephane Grappelli, Elvis Costello, Earl Scruggs & Yehudi Menhuin as well as with some of the great contemporary players & singers of traditional Irish music. All have left their mark on his eclectic approach to music.
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 early 2000s, Frankie restarted the band with a new young line-up. The current incarnation maintains the super-stellar quality of those iconic early De Dannans.
Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello come from families steeped in traditional Irish music.
Tommy (fiddle), was born in London to Irish parents, who emigrated from the west of Ireland in the early 1950s. His father Tommy Sr. was a well-known piper & concertina player from Co. Clare, so Tommy grew up listening to traditional music & playing with all of the legendary Irish players who were living in London, including: Máirtín Byrnes, Raymond Roland, Roger Sherlock, Danny Meehan, Paddy Taylor & Bobby Casey. He also recalls meeting John Kelly & Willie Clancy during frequent visits to Ireland. With his family, he performed throughout Ireland & the U.K. – including The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Louise (banjo) from Galway, grew up playing traditional music with her father Denny and his musician friends. In her late teens she broadened her musical horizons & became part of Galway’s vibrant session scene. It was there that her banjo playing was influenced by former De Dannan banjoist Charlie Piggott.
Tommy & Louise met in 1987 while playing trad sessions in the Boston area. They have continued to play together since then, collaborating with many notable musicians including The Chieftains.
In 2014 Tommy & Louise released the critically acclaimed album: “Grace Bay“, featuring original compositions by Tommy, as well as traditional favorites.
A performing group from the Academy of Irish Music will open the concert.
The Gavin/McCarthy/Costello Salon Concert is Wednesday, August 17 at 8pm in the Fifth Province Lounge. Tickets are $20 for adults, and children 18 and under are free. To purchase tickets, click below, call 773-282-7035, ext. 10 or buy at the door.