KGB: Paddy Keenan (Bothy Band), Frankie Gavin (De Danann), Dermot Byrne (Altan)
Paddy Keenan, Frankie Gavin and Dermot Byrne are synonymous with Irish music, both in their own individual right and as members of some of this country’s most famous traditional bands, dating from the early 1970s to the present day. All are multiple award winners who have made outstanding contributions to traditional Irish music.
Paddy Keenan is one of Ireland`s finest pipers, best known as a founding member of the Bothy Band, one of Irish music’s most influential bands of the 1970s, with whom he played in venues all over the world. Paddy is also an accomplished low whistle and banjo player.
Frankie Gavin is one of Ireland`s greatest ever fiddle players. His name is immediately associated with the group De Danann who are credited with breaking new ground in Irish traditional music through innovative choices of material and arrangements.
Dermot Byrne is one of Ireland’s most outstanding traditional accordion players. For many years a member of Altan, Dermot performed, recorded and toured extensively with the group along with artists like Donal Lunny, Steve Cooney and Stephane Grapelli, bringing the beauty and joy of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world.