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Saturday February 2 2019 at 7:30 PM

× Frankie Gavin is one, and perhaps the best of, Ireland's premier traditional fiddle players. And in a land that produces many prodigiously talented players, that is saying a lot.

In a nutshell, Frankie has been playing since the age of four, when he was handed a whistle, and has since performed for four presidents beginning at the age of six; is a founding member of the legendary Irish traditional band De Danann, and New De Danann; performs and records with other luminaries in the Irish traditional music scene and more, such as Yehudi Menuhin; was in the 2010 Guinness Book of World records as the world's fastest fiddler; and has just recently win the 2018 Musician of the Year award from Ireland's prestigious Gradam Ceoil Arts Academy. A Frankie Gavin concert also includes humor, with a wealth of stories about his childhood and being on tour.

Frankie's artistry is amazing; he is a master of control over bow and fiddle, and making each piece of music delight the ear. He strives to bring each traditional piece into a setting that is appreciated equally by lovers of old and new, and is rousing enough to get you to kick up your heels! But perhaps a Frankie Gavin concert can be best summed up by Fintan Vallely in the Irish Sunday Tribune:

"Innovation may be the buzz-word in Traditional music, but Frankie Gavin’s digressions are not in the common areas of tempo and superficial style-impressions. His contemporary borrowings of art-deco and music-hall Irishness are re-jigged in original avenues of exploration. His dextrous treatment of troublesome tunes might get even the Pope out on the floor, his orchestration could break hearts.".

To have the opportunity to watch him play and see the joy he has for the music, and to feel the energy he packs into his shows, is an uplifting and rousing experience for all ages!

Adults $20 / Senior and Youth $18

Piano Bar opens one hour prior to the performance

Venue

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
565 Camano Avenue
Langley WA 98260


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