For Immediate Release
The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa
Contact: Kevin Ledgewood
FRANKIE GAVEN AND TOMMY & LOUISE WILL PERFORM AT OCTOBER 4TH ACOUSTIC NIGHT
(Tuscaloosa, Ala.) The upcoming Acoustic Night at the Bama Theatre will feature the talents of Frankie Gaven and Tommy & Louise on Oct. 4, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Presented by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, the project features both solo and ensemble performances of a wide range of acoustic music throughout the calendar year in the intimate setting of the Bama Theatre’s Greensboro Room. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cover charge for this performance is $20 with a full service bar available.
Frankie Gavin has been playing fiddle and flute since his teenage years, and at the age of seventeen, won two All Ireland competitions. He later found himself performing with stars such as The Rolling Stones, Stephane Grappelli, Elvis Costello, Earl Scruggs and Yehudi Menhuin as well as with some of the great contemporary players and singers of traditional Irish music. His name is also synonymous with De Dannan, the globally renowned band he founded in the mid-1970s, then, after a short break in the early 2000s, restarted the band with a new, young line-up. Gavin has performed for four American presidents including John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack and Michelle Obama. He is considered the most exciting fiddle player and moving flute player in the world of Irish music today.
Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello come from families steeped in traditional Irish music. McCarthy (fiddle), grew up listening to traditional music and playing with all of the legendary Irish players who were living in London including Máirtín Byrnes, Raymond Roland, Roger Sherlock, Danny Meehan, Paddy Taylor and Bobby Casey. He performed throughout Ireland and the U.K. with his family including The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Costello (banjo), from Galway, performed with her father Denny and local fiddlers Joe Morris & Jim O’Brien, flutist Joe Collins and friend Paddy Hession. In her late teens she broadened her musical horizons and became part of Galway’s vibrant session scene where her banjo playing was influenced by Charlie Piggott. Tommy and Louise met in 1987 playing trad sessions in the Boston area and have continued to play together and with many notable musicians including The Chieftains. In 2014 the duo released the critically acclaimed album,”Grace Bay”, featuring original compositions by McCarthy, as well as traditional favorites.
For more information visit http://burren.com/Frankie_Tommy_Louise or bamatheatre.org.
The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in Downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit bamatheatre.org for further information.