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Band feature: Trans-atlantic musical quartet NicGaviskey

The girls from Co. Meath met the Detroit & Baltimore boys at the Catskills Irish Arts week in upstate New York in the summer of 2009. Their coming together in a spontaneous early morning session created a rhythm and feel to the music that was infectious not only to themselves, but to all those listening.

These young musicians forged a mighty connection in those early morning hours, and what followed for two hours was four musicians playing as one. Miss McGuinness, Cramers, The Kinnegad Slashers, The Dances at Kinvara rolled off their fingers with a collective familiarity which surprised them all, and left them yearning for more months after they had departed to their homes far away. 
Recording sessions in Baltimore and Milltown Malbay in early 2010 led to this debut CD - Home away from Home, which stands as evidence of the kindred spirit that comes from the deepest well of the tradition of Irish music and dance.


The girls are daughters of respected Mullahoran fiddle player Antóin MacGabhann. 
Caitlín is three times All-Ireland concertina champion, a regular performer on Irish National Radio, and has performed at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia. Also an accomplished dancer, Caitlin has toured with many Irish dance shows, including Riverdance. 


Bernadette competed succesfully at Fleadhanna Cheoil through the years, and has spent the past decade performing and touring North America, Canada, Korea, Taiwan and Japan with Michael Flatleys Lord of the Dance, Gaelforce Dance and other solo ventures. 
Sean Gavin’s style on the flute reflects his lifelong immersion in, devotion to, and love for traditional Irish music. This was no doubt encouraged by his Clare born, fiddle playing father, Mick Gavin. 


Sean McComiskey is among the most innovative young performers on the button accordion. Son of North Americas veteran accordion player Billy McComiskey, Seans own unique harmonic style has earned him a spot in the pantheon of Irish accordionists far beyond his native Baltimore.

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Comment by Paul Keating on April 21, 2011 at 15:57

NicGaviskey who got their start at the Catskills Irish Arts Week in 2009 and had an amazing launch in Furlongs Pub  in 2010 where they met a year earlier almost to the day start a shore Easter Break tour and you can see them here.

... Upcoming Performances ...
USA, April 2011

When: Friday, April 22nd, 8pm
Where: The Creative Alliance at The Patterson Theatre, Baltimore, MD
What: Baltimore Debut & First NicGaviskey Concert of 2011 ... with special guests
Rhys Jones, Cleek Schrey & Joel Wennerstrom of 'Hammer and String'
Click here for info

When: Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm
Where: The Philadelphia Ceili Group @ The Irish Centre, Philadelphia
Click here for info

When: Sunday, April 24th.
Where: Washington DC
What: Fiddle & Concertina Workshops with Bernadette & Caitlin Nic Gabhann.
Click here for all Information

When: Tuesday, April 26th, 7.30pm
Where: Castlebay Traditional Irish Pub, Annapolis, MD
What: Anniversary Concert One year on. Open session after.
Click here for info

When: Thursday, April 28th, 8pm
Where: PJ McIntyres Irish Pub, Cleveland, OH
Click here for info

When: Friday, April 29th, 8pm
Where: The Gaelic League, Detroit, MI
What: Concert & Ceili
Click here for info or telephone 313-537-3489

When: Sunday, May 1st
Where: Chief O'Neills, Chicago, IL
Click here for info

.......... Past Performances

Comment by Coatesville (PA.) Irish Music on March 22, 2011 at 14:47

These folks will be playing - and dancing, we hope - for the Phila Ceili Group at the Commodore Barry Club in Philly on Sat., Apr. 23!  (We are VERY excited.  Thank you, Daithi, for featuring them!)

If you're near Philly, come on by!  Details:  CLICK HERE


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