Frankie Gavin – 7 pm February 4th 2019 Nic Gareiss – 7 pm February 17th 2019
This coming February 4th, the iconic Irish fiddler Frankie Gavin (who was recently honored as Traditional Musician of the Year at the Gradam Ceoil Awards broadcast on Irish Television station TG4.) will perform at the Havurah. Over his distinguished career Frankie has performed all over the world and for four presidents at the White House.
Frankie is one of Ireland’s most iconic fiddle players. His name is immediately associated with the group De Dannan formed in the 1970s, and who are credited with breaking new ground in Irish traditional music through innovative choices of material and arrangements and a unique style of playing.
Throughout his musical career Frankie Gavin was fascinated and inspired by the music of those legendary Irish musicians who emigrated to America in the early part of the twentieth century. Giants such as James Morrison, Paddy Killoran and The Flanagan Brothers who left Waterford for New York in 1911. Seventy years later, in 1981, De Dannan released the album Star-Spangled Molly, which included the band’s hit version of the original Flanagan Brothers’ song My Irish Molly-O. The release reawakened massive Irish interest in the music of this bygone era.
Frankie has recorded and played every genre of music from rock and roll with the Rolling Stones to jazz with Stephane Grappelli. We are thrilled to bring him to the intimate setting of our building.
Don’t miss this incredible performance.
Nic Gareiss -February 17th 2019
Michigan-born dancer, musician, and dance researcher Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and “the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald.
His work re-imagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions to weave together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration.
Nic has performed with many of the luminaries of contemporary traditional music and dance, including The Chieftains, The Gloaming, Darol Anger, Dervish, Buille, Solas, Liz Carroll, Genticorum, Bill Frisell, Colin Dunne, Bruce Molsky, Alasdair Fraser, and Martin Hayes. He collaborates regularly with Cleek Schrey, Maeve Gilchrist, Simon Chrisman, Allison de Groot, Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice, and as a member of the quartet This is How we Fly.
Nic holds degrees in anthropology and music from Central Michigan University and recently earned his MA in Ethnochoreology at the University of Limerick. His MA thesis based upon ethnographic work with LGTBQ competitive step dancers was the first piece of scholarship to query the experience of sexual minorities within Irish dance. Nic has performed in fourteen countries and continues to tour and teach internationally, working with dance communities and making solo percussive dance performances.
PS, Vashon’s Kat Eggleston has been particularly instrumental in bringing Celtic and traditional Irish musicians to our island. Besides booking Frankie Gavin and Nic Gareiss, Kat recently brought the dynamic Open the Door for Three trio to the Havurah earlier this year.