There can be no doubt that it’s been a momentous few months for Frankie Gavin. Winning Traditional Musician of the Year 2018 at the Gradam Ceoil Awards was the icing on the cake. The video below is a brief TG4 overview of the evening which includes messages from Ronnie Wood, Prince Albert of Monaco, the presentation of the award and speech from President Michael D. Higgins and, of course extracts from Frankie’s solo performance and Frankie with The Provenance.
This is how Frankie reacted when asked how he felt about winning:
“I’m thrilled to be getting this wonderful award for 2018. It’s a real boost at anytime in anyone’s life, and I’m so so pleased, and to be celebrating the event in Belfast for the first time for the Gradam Awards also makes it sweeter.
History in the making you might say. It will be a very interesting TV event, for all lovers of Music and all things Cultural, North and South, and while I am playing with my old colleagues in De Dannan, a solo piece with Carl Hession, and then the opportunity to launch my new Band The Provenance, seen here, I’m fierce excited about the entire affair!”
An intriguing new development was mentioned in Frankie’s comments:
his new band, The Provenance, who played on the Gradam Awards night.
(Photo by Anita McGarry)
In addition to this, he has put together a Roaring 20s Irish Orchestra to play the music of the Flanagan Brothers. Here’s a photo taken of their soundcheck at Dublin Castle Printworks gig on January 27th.
(Photo by Karl Leonard copyright – AniarTV)
Frankie has also joined up with Paddy Keenan and Dermot Byrne to form KGB. They played at Celtic Connections in January 2018 and have serveral gigs in the pipeline.
Left to right in the photo: Paddy Keenan, Frankie Gavin and Dermot Byrne.
But that’s not all! For people who remember the iconic De Dananns of the past, the welcome reconciliation between the two co-founders of the band, Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn has enabled organisers to book one of the old line-ups. This was brought about initially by Aidan Coffey for his Corner House Set recording. Below is the line-up that played on The Late Late Show (Feb 2) and at the Gradam Awards (Feb 4). Left to right: Alec Finn, Frankie Gavin, Martin O’Connor and Colm Murphy.
And… in addition to a number of solo appearances, Frankie has teemed up with Noel Hill and Brian McGrath, for a number of performances, notably TradFest Birmingham in November 2017 where the photo below was taken. Left to right: Noel Hill, Frankie Gavin, and Brian McGrath.
The Frankie Gavin and De Dannan line-up which has run six or seven years will continue to perform occasionally Left to right in photo: Bernardine Casserly, Barry Brady, Colm O’Caoimh, Dan Bodwell and Frankie Gavin.
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