Bluegrass Series - Finn Magill

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Photograph of Finn Magill in front of an old cabin

Part of the Appalachia in the Bluegrass traditional music series

Multi-instrumentalist, multimedia director and composer “Finn the fiddler” has watched his career surge ever since the 2016 release of his 2-disc concept album Roots & Branches which debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts. Roots is a pure-drop disc of Irish trad and an homage to the music and musicians that first inspired Magill’s fiddling. "I made a point that all the musicians you hear on Roots are musicians with whom I played when I was that age." -Andrew Finn Magill (The Living Tradition)

Magill first started playing fiddle at age 10 and by 16 was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland championships. In 2009, he received a Fulbright-MtvU Fellowship to co-write and co-produce an album that musically captures ten experiences of HIV/AIDS through song in Malawi, Southern Africa. The result, Mau a Malawi: Stories of AIDS was released on October 14th, 2011 as a multimedia show at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall. Sales from the studio album Mau a Malawi are invested in programs to keep vulnerable Malawian children in school and empower them through the arts.

Since 2011 Magill has toured the U.S. and Canada multiple times with Paul McKenna, both as part of McKenna’s award-winning band and as a duo. In 2011-2012 Magill toured through out France with the popular French Dance revue "Celtic Dances" under the musical direction of Liz Knowles & Kieran O'Hare. Since 2012 Magill has toured with dozens of musicians on four continents playing everything from American oldtime to jazz.

In 2014 Magill relocated to Rio to immerse himself in Brazil’s choro tradition, resulting in his own choro quartet O Finno and in 2017, Brazilian Violin Trio a collaboration with fellow US violinist Ted Falcon and guitarist/composer Nando Duarte.

Magill’s fifth studio album recorded in March 2017 in Rio de Janeiro with guitarist João Camarero and drummer Lourenço Vasconcellos is a collection of self-penned compositions inspired by the choro and American jazz traditions. It will be released later in 2018.

Sep 22 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Niles Gallery
Free
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