Salon Concerts Chicago presents Galway fiddle and flute legend Frankie Gavin in concert with Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello on Saturday, November 12 at 8pm.
Frankie Gavin has been playing fiddle and flute since his teenage years, and he won two All-Ireland competitions at seventeen. Originally influenced by the great Irish and American-Irish fiddle players, James Morrison and Michael Coleman, he later found himself playing with stars such as the Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello, as well as the great contemporary players and singers of traditional Irish music. In the mid 1970’s, he founded De Dannan, the globally renowned band. After a short break in the early 2000s, he restarted the band with a new young line-up.
Born and raised in London, Tommy McCarthy spent much of his teenage years in West Clare. His playing is influenced by the greats musicians from Clare, Bobby Casey and Willie Clancy.
Multi-instrumentalist Louise Costello is from Galway and also comes from a musical family. She grew up playing with her father, Denny, local fiddle players Joe Morris and Jim O’Brien, and flute player Joe Collins.
McCarthy and Costello display an intuitive, sympathetic approach to duet playing, blending the musical styles of West Clare and North Galway. They have played with The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, Sharon Shannon and Lunasa.
The Performing Group from the Academy of Irish Music will open the concert.
The Gavin/McCarthy/Costello Salon Concert is Saturday, November 12 at 8pm in Room 109. Tickets are $20 for adults, and children 18 and under are free. To purchase tickets, click
call 773-282-7035, ext. 10 or buy at the door.