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The perfect Christmas present for the person with everything, tickets to a Ballymaloe Grainstore gig
Frankie Gavin and De Dannan are legends in the traditional Irish music world. Frankie himself is one of the most celebrated Irish fiddle players of all time having performed and recorded with The Rolling Stones, jazz legend Stephane Grappelli and world -renowned violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin amongst many others.
After 33 years and 14 albums, the group disbanded in 2003 and have reformed reflecting “De Dannan of the 21st century”.
The new line-up is led by original member Frankie Gavin, Barry Brady, Colm O'Caoimh, Paul O'Driscoll and Michelle Lally on lead vocals. Michelle follows in the long line of amazing singers in De Dannan such as Mary Black, Dolores Keane and Maura O’Connell.
The group has performed for three American presidents including engagements at The White House and the U.S. Capitol Building. They have toured China with the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra and played venues such as Shanghai Grand Theatre and Beijing Opera House with performances aired on ‘China Central TV’ to over 500 million viewers.
Their most recent album , "Jigs, Reels & Rock 'n' Roll", features their friend and Rolling Stones legend, Ronnie Wood, as guest guitarist.
In February of this year, Frankie and De Dannan travelled to Russia where they represented Ireland in the presence of the Irish Ambassador to Russia and played at a session with renowned flautist , James Galway. On May 3, Frankie Gavin was made Irish cultural ambassador to Italy at a ceremony in Verona.