Frankie Gavin, Rick Epping
14 Jun 2018 (20:00) at Róisín Dubh
€20 (€20 members)
One of the most powerful and explosive performances of Irish traditional and American old-time music you are likely to experience will take place at the Roisin Dubh as part of the Galway Sessions Festival 2018 on Thursday 14th of June. The concert brings together three stars of traditional and folk music : Frankie Gavin , Rick Epping and Seamie O' Dowd.
Frankie Gavin, the 2018 TG4 Irish Traditional Musician of the Year, is best known for his work with De Dannan. Gavin along with band members Alec Finn, Johnny " Ringo" McDonagh, Charlie Piggott, accordion players Jackie Daly and Mairtin O' Conner and the superb singing talents of Dolores Keane, Mary Black and Maura O' Connell kept De Dannan at the forefront of traditional music for many decades. Frankie's powerful virtuoso fiddle playing has always been at the core of the De Dannan sound.
Frankie has recorded 16 albums with De Dannan as well as a number of solo albums and three collaborations: one a tribute to Joe Cooley with Paul Brock; a fine collaboration with fellow De Dannan member Alec Finn; and one with Stephane Grapelli exploring the languages of Jazz and traditional music. He also guested with the Rolling Stones on their "Voodoo Lounge" album, with Keith Richards on "Wingless Angels" and with Earl Scruggs the great American banjo player.
Rick Epping is a Californian-born musician who has immersed himself in American old-time and Irish traditional music since the 1960's. He plays harmonica, concertina, banjo and jaw-harp. During the 70s he moved to Ireland as a member of the ground-breaking folk group Pumpkinhead and was All-Ireland harmonica champion in 1975. He has recorded and played with with other Irish and American musicians over the years including Andy Irvine, Christy Moore, Mick Hanly, Bob Zentz and George Winston.
Epping worked as chief design technician for the Hohner Co. for many years and currently conducts workshops internationally for Hohner harmonicas as well as playing with the trio "Unwanted" which features Dervish singer Cathy Jordan and multi-instrumentalist and singer Seamie O'Dowd.
O'Dowd is a guitarist / singer-songwriter who also plays fiddle,harmonica , mandolin and a number of other instruments. A former member of Dervish he has travelled world-wide playing music and has shared stages with many great musicians including Mairtin O'Conner , Cathal Hayden, Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Wickham , Matt Molloy, Liam o'Flynn , Thom Moore, Dick Gaughan and Aminah Hughes.
The three combined create a powerful musical tapestry. The interplay between fiddle, harmonica involving intricate harmonies and counter points produces a big band sound, a sound one could scarcely believe could be produced by just three musicians.