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Andrew Finn Magill - In Conversation at Folk Alliance International

2019-05-26

Andrew Finn Magill - In Conversation at Folk Alliance International

Andrew Finn Magill

Raised in an Irish musical household, Andrew Finn Magill grew up studying with many of the world’s best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops in Asheville, North Carolina . At age 18, his debut album Drive & Lift (John Doyle, John Skelton, Will MacMorran) was featured on NPR and his 2016 two-disc project Roots and Branches debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts.

Says grammy-winner Americana artist Tim O’Brien:


“He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. On Branches you can hear a new musical voice emerging. I’m gonna keep listening for Finn Magill.”


Finn has built his career on Irish music, having worked with many musicians including John Doyle, Open the Door for Three, and The Paul McKenna Band. Between these collaborations and others he has performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections, Olympia Hall in Paris, France, and Disneyworld. He currently has a duo with Irish multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley which performs the festival circuit and concerts all over the U.S.


In 2014 Finn moved to Rio de Janeiro to study Brazilian choro music. He soon founded quartet O Finno which the city of Rio de Janeiro featured in its Viva o Talento series. In 2016, Finn founded Brazilian Strings Trio, a trio with fellow American violinist Ted Falcon and Brazilian guitarist Nando Duarte and in 2017 founded Canta, Violino! a Brazilian jazz fusion project, the album of which was released on Ropeadope Records in 2018. Writes Brazilian percussion legend Airto Moreira of Chick Corea and Miles Davis:

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