Finn Magill and Paul McKenna + Leah Song (of Rising Appalachia)

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

Finn Magill and Paul McKenna + Leah Song (of Rising Appalachia)

Tue, April 11, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is all ages


Finn Magill and Paul McKenna
Finn Magill and Paul McKenna
Andrew Finn Magill is a fiddler/violinist who straddles genres. By 16, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland fiddle championships. In 2011 he produced a Fulbright-MtvU funded concept album about AIDS with Afro-vibes artist from Malawi Peter Mawanga. He currently leads his own quartet of Brazilian choro, O Finno and is a founding member of Violino no Choro.

In 2016 he is launching two albums Roots and Branches which integrate Irish music with modern acoustic and jazz influences and feature guest appearances by John Doyle, Colin Farrell and Cillian Vallelly (Lúnasa), Paul McKenna and Seán Gray (The Paul McKenna Band), Grant Gordy (The David Grisman Quintet), Sean Earnest (The Yanks), Duncan Wickel (The Rondo Rigs), David Brown (Rising Appalachia), Vincent Fogarty (The Red Wellies), Dan Iannucci, and Micah Thomas.

In 2005 he released Drive & Lift, a debut featuring ex-Solas guitarist John Doyle. It received rave reviews in Dirty Linen and Sing Out! magazine and has been featured multiple times on NPR’s The Thistle & Shamrock.

“He is an innovator and composer with clearly his own signature. This (Drive & Lift) is just an awesome debut, which delights one more on each listen.” — National Heritage Award Winner, fiddler Liz Carroll

He has toured the U.S. and Canada with the Glasgow-based Paul McKenna Band, the 2009 Scots Trad Music winners of “Best Up and Coming Band” and has performed internationally with African music icon Peter Mawanga. In 2011- 2012 he toured through out France with the popular French Dance revue "Celtic Dances" under the musical direction of Liz Knowles & Kieran O'Hare.

In 2009, Andrew Finn 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 at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall. Sales from Mau a Malawi are invested in programs to keep vulnerable Malawian children in school and empower them through the arts.

“The inspiring cross-cultural performances on this beautiful album “Mau A Malawi: Stories of AIDS” remind us of the human cost of this disease as well as the imperative to unite in creating an AIDS-free generation. —Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Since 2014 Andrew Finn has been developing a Brazilian music project O FInno which is inspired by Brazil's Choro tradition, a highly technical instrumental genre emerging out of Rio de Janeiro in the late 1800s. In less than a year, the group has been featured twice in public performance series Viva o Talento, local radio, and performed throughout Rio de Janeiro.

Andrew Finn has years of experience teaching fiddle/violin in a range of styles. Over the years he has taught many private students as well as at many private music camps including the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, the Swannanoa Gathering's Celtic and Fiddle Weeks, O'Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp, Common Ground on the Hill, Goderich Celtic Roots, Old Songs, and the ETSU Summer fiddle Camp.

Paul McKenna

Since being awarded the title of “Best Up and Coming Artist of 2009″ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, The Paul McKenna Band have gone from strength to strength touring extensively throughout USA, Canada and Europe.

Combining their love for Folk and Traditional music, as well as original songs and tunes; The Paul McKenna Band from Scotland has been captivating audiences with live performances of their new album, titled ‘Elements’, out now on Greentrax Records.

Concert highlights over the last few years include performances at Celtic Connections Glasgow, The Cambridge Folk Festival England, Tonder Festival Denmark, Milwaukee Irish Festival USA and Edmonton Folk Festival Canada.

In 2015 the band will play at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida representing Scotland at Epcot Centre.

With a contemporary approach to songs, although not straying too far from their roots, their arrangements are both fresh and innovative. The exciting sound of The Paul McKenna Band is created through outstanding Vocals, driving Guitar and Bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion.
Leah Song (of Rising Appalachia)
Leah Song (of Rising Appalachia)
Leah Song (born Leah Smith) is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumental musician, storyteller, poet, and activist known her role as front woman in Rising Appalachia, with her sister Chloe Smith, incorporating sultry vocals, rhythm, banjo, guitar, ballads, dance, spoken-word and storytelling into her work.
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801