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BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

Frankie Gavin & De Dannan with Liam O Maonlai and McPeake


Jul 14, 2011 • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Prospect Park Bandshell (2020)
9th Street & Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States
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The original founding member and bandleader of internationally acclaimed traditional super group De Dannan, Frankie Gavin is one of the genuine legends of Irish music. From his first TV appearance playing the tin whistle at the age of 6, to seven solo albums, Gavin has performed and recorded with the likes of Earl Scruggs, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and the Rolling Stones. In 2010, he entered the Guinness World Records as the Fastest Fiddle Player in the World. After 33 years, 14 albums, and a number of changes in the lineup, the original group disbanded in 2003. In late 2009, Gavin unleashed a new De Dannan lineup which, in his own words, reflects a De Dannan of the 21st century. Led by Gavin on fiddle, flutes and whistles, the new group also includes Damien Mullane on accordian, Eric Cunningham on percussion, flutes and whistles, Mike Galvin on bouzouki and guitars, and Michelle Lally on vocals. With performances from Dubai to The White House, the new group will embark on a 32-county Up Close and Personal tour of Ireland through 2011.

Liam O Maonlai, of Irish rock band Hothouse Flowers, has toured the world from Australia to Japan as a master solo pianist and mystic Gaelic singer.  Maonlai has performed with internationally acclaimed musicians including Carlos Nunes, U2, and Van Morrison and was recently featured on the renowned BBC music program Transatlantic Sessions.

Carrying on a family tradition of Irish folk that goes back 100 years, McPeake bends influences from Irish tradition, folk, acoustic and country genres to create their own unique sound. Individually, the groups multi-talented members have performed internationally and fuse together to create the new sound of Irish folk music.

Promotional support provided by the Consul General of Ireland in New York and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in the City of Brooklyn.

Travel support provided by Imagine Ireland.



Venue Information:

The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. View seating arrangements here.

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