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New album Canta, Violino!

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New solo CD now available! 

I'm super happy to announce my fifth studio album Canta, Violino! is now available on Ropeadope Records. The album is mostly originals and inspired by the Brazilian traditions I spent two years studying in Rio de Janeiro: samba, choro, forró, MPB, bossa nova. That said, there's a healthy dose of jazz and American influence as well! 

The launch party was on April 28th, 2018 at Isis Music Hall and we had several special guests from the label such as Jonathan Scales and Chuck Lichtenberger as well as Christian Howes and an amazing house band with Micah Thomas on drums and Cesar Garabini on guitar. Over 100 people came out and we brought the house down!

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Brazilian Strings Trio new album!

It is with great delight that I announce that my trio with Ted Falcon and Nando Duarte has released our new album!

There's forró, xote, choro, baião and more! Check out the tunes on Spotify here!

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New irish duo with Dave curley!

I had an amazing "maiden voyage" tour with Irish multi-instrumentalist and singer Dave Curley November/December 2017. It went so well as a matter of fact that we are excited to announce a host of new dates in 2018.

We will be touring Virginia and North Carolina 7/1-7/7 and the Midwest 11/7-11/18. As always, a full list of tour dates are in the TOUR section and you can learn more about our other gigs such as festival gigs and even a new recording project by subscribing to my mailing list. Simply send me an email in the CONTACT tab above.

Likewise if you live in the regions above and are interested in having us let's get in touch!

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 Andrew “Finn the Fiddler” Magill has straddled the line of “fiddler” and “violinist” for the better part of his thirty years. Raised in an Irish musical household in Asheville, North Carolina he grew up studying with many of the best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at  The Swannanoa Gathering  music workshops. At age 18 his debut record  Drive & Lift  was featured on NPR and ten years later, Magill released his 2016 double-disc concept album  Roots  and  Branches  debuting at #46 on the Folk DJ charts. Writes grammy-winner 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.”   In 2014 Finn moved to Rio de Janeiro and plunged into Brazilian choro music, studying with some of the most accomplished in the genre including Luís Barcelos, Nicolas Krassik and Pedro Paes. He gradually absorbed other Brazilian traditions such as forró, samba, and bossa nova leading to his fifth studio album  Canta, Violino!   which will be released on April 6th, 2018 on  Ropeadope Records .  Canta, Violino!  ("Sing it, violin!") is the product of years of study and performance with Rio’s diverse musicians. Writes Brazilian percussion legend Airto Moreira of Weather Report and Miles Davis:   “Its nice to see fresh, young musicians carrying on the traditions of Brazilian music. Finn Magill displays a love and authenticity that can fool you into thinking he is from Brazil. His style is playful and light, yet soulful and passionate. Congratulations!”   In 2009, Magill received a  Fulbright-MtvU Fellowship  to co-write and co-produce an album with  Peter Mawanga  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.    “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  In addition to  Canta, Violino!  Magill's regularly touring projects include a duo with Irish singer & multi-instrumentalist  Dave Curley ,  Brazilian Strings Trio  which is a collaboration with fellow US violinist  Ted Falcon  and Brazilian guitarist  Nando Duarte , and Magill's own jazz trio. He is also increasingly more sought after as a  solo artist .  Andrew Finn is an enthusiastic instructor and has taught fiddle/violin for over a decade at fiddle camps across the world. These include the  Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp ,  Montana Fiddle Camp , The Freight & Salvage's  Fiddle Kids ,   The Acadia Trad School , the Swannanoa Gathering's  Celtic  and  Fiddle  Weeks,  Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival ,  O'Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp ,   Common Ground on the Hill ,  Le Séjour de Cléguerec  in Cléguerec, France and  Goderich Celtic Roots .   "Finn is like a music professor with endless patience and encouragement for his students." -Former Student    "Andrew is an amazing fountain of information about Celtic music – what a memory! – he could be teaching at a doctoral level. It was, obviously, important to him that we all took some knowledge and skill away with us this week." -Former student    "Finn was just the instructor I needed to help me feel comfortable playing in front of others, missed notes and all. I feel that now I have a real foundation to embellish my music with slurs, etc. And he made class fun." -Former Student    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   “He is very talented and hard working. He’s just an absolute natural”   -    Brian Conway    "A great depth and understanding of traditional Irish music"      - Mairéad Ní Mhoanaigh (Altan)    Andrew Finn Magill is a leading fiddler in a new generation of musicians. He plays with incredible versatility and is accomplished in a variety of styles. More important than his technical prowess is the fact that he approaches music with deep insight, sensitivity, and respect."    -     Martin Hayes    "A fiddler in full flight and at complete ease with the music."    - Kevin Crawford (Lúnasa)    "Sweet swinging fiddle playing with a deep understanding of the roots of this music, a very creative imagination and beautiful violin technique"  -   Mike Marshall    "Andrew Finn Magill encounters the tradition in a manner reminiscent of Keith Jarrett on The Melody  At Night With You ."  -  Siobhan Long

Andrew “Finn the Fiddler” Magill has straddled the line of “fiddler” and “violinist” for the better part of his thirty years. Raised in an Irish musical household in Asheville, North Carolina he grew up studying with many of the best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops. At age 18 his debut record Drive & Lift was featured on NPR and ten years later, Magill released his 2016 double-disc concept album Roots and Branches debuting at #46 on the Folk DJ charts. Writes grammy-winner 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.”

In 2014 Finn moved to Rio de Janeiro and plunged into Brazilian choro music, studying with some of the most accomplished in the genre including Luís Barcelos, Nicolas Krassik and Pedro Paes. He gradually absorbed other Brazilian traditions such as forró, samba, and bossa nova leading to his fifth studio album Canta, Violino!  which will be released on April 6th, 2018 on Ropeadope RecordsCanta, Violino! ("Sing it, violin!") is the product of years of study and performance with Rio’s diverse musicians. Writes Brazilian percussion legend Airto Moreira of Weather Report and Miles Davis:

“Its nice to see fresh, young musicians carrying on the traditions of Brazilian music. Finn Magill displays a love and authenticity that can fool you into thinking he is from Brazil. His style is playful and light, yet soulful and passionate. Congratulations!”

In 2009, Magill received a Fulbright-MtvU Fellowship to co-write and co-produce an album with Peter Mawanga 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. 

“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

In addition to Canta, Violino! Magill's regularly touring projects include a duo with Irish singer & multi-instrumentalist Dave CurleyBrazilian Strings Trio which is a collaboration with fellow US violinist Ted Falcon and Brazilian guitarist Nando Duarte, and Magill's own jazz trio. He is also increasingly more sought after as a solo artist.

Andrew Finn is an enthusiastic instructor and has taught fiddle/violin for over a decade at fiddle camps across the world. These include the Rocky Mountain Fiddle CampMontana Fiddle Camp, The Freight & Salvage's Fiddle Kids,  The Acadia Trad School, the Swannanoa Gathering's Celtic and Fiddle Weeks, Fairbanks Summer Arts FestivalO'Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp,  Common Ground on the Hill, Le Séjour de Cléguerec in Cléguerec, France and Goderich Celtic Roots.

"Finn is like a music professor with endless patience and encouragement for his students." -Former Student

"Andrew is an amazing fountain of information about Celtic music – what a memory! – he could be teaching at a doctoral level. It was, obviously, important to him that we all took some knowledge and skill away with us this week." -Former student

"Finn was just the instructor I needed to help me feel comfortable playing in front of others, missed notes and all. I feel that now I have a real foundation to embellish my music with slurs, etc. And he made class fun." -Former Student

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“He is very talented and hard working. He’s just an absolute natural”

Brian Conway

"A great depth and understanding of traditional Irish music"  

- Mairéad Ní Mhoanaigh (Altan)

Andrew Finn Magill is a leading fiddler in a new generation of musicians. He plays with incredible versatility and is accomplished in a variety of styles. More important than his technical prowess is the fact that he approaches music with deep insight, sensitivity, and respect."

- Martin Hayes

"A fiddler in full flight and at complete ease with the music."

- Kevin Crawford (Lúnasa)

"Sweet swinging fiddle playing with a deep understanding of the roots of this music, a very creative imagination and beautiful violin technique"

Mike Marshall

"Andrew Finn Magill encounters the tradition in a manner reminiscent of Keith Jarrett on The Melody At Night With You."
Siobhan Long

 
 
 
 

Tour

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Canta, Violino!

by Andrew Finn Magill (2018 Ropeadope Records)

Written, arranged, and produced by Andrew Finn Magill except Semear (written by Fernanda Sant'Anna) 
Andrew Finn Magill - violins
João Camarero - 7-string guitar
Lourenço Vasconcellos - drums & percussion
Fernanda Sant'Anna - voice
Dudu Oliveira - flute
Mike Marshall - mandolin

Recorded by Carlos Fuchs at Tenda da Raposa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mixed by Danny Littwin at New York Digital.
Mastered by Joel Kerr at G&J Audio.
Photography by Nathan Chesky
Graphic design by Jim Magill
2018 Ropeadope Records

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Roots

by Andrew Finn Magill (2016)

John Doyle - guitar (2,4); mandolin (2); 12-string guitar (2); bouzouki (10); 5-string tenor guitar (4)
Sean Earnest - guitar (1,6,7)
Cillian Vallely - uillean pipes (3,7)
Vincent Fogarty - 10-string bouzouki (3,5,8)
Duncan Wickel - 5-string fiddle (10)
Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle, arrangements 

Produced by Andrew Finn Magill
Recorded at Hollow Reed Arts - Asheville, NC
Mixed by Danny Littwin in São Paulo, Brazil
Mastered by Joel Kerr at G&J Audio 
Funded by Kickstarter!
I play a Jim Banicki Violin

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Branches

by Andrew Finn Magill (2016)

David Brown - baritone guitar (1,6)
Colin Farrell - fiddle (2)
Seán Gray - guitar (2,5)
Duncan Wickel - cello (3,7); 5-string fiddle (9)
Paul McKenna- guitar (4,7)
Grant Gordy - guitar (8)
Dan Iannucci - double bass (9); bass guitar (10)
Micah Thomas - drums (5,9)
Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle, mandolin, low whistles, compositions, arrangements
*All music copyright Andrew Finn Magill 2016
Produced by Andrew Finn Magill
Recorded at Hollow Reed Arts - Asheville, NC
Mixed by Danny Littwin in São Paulo, Brazil
Mastered by Joel Kerr at G&J Audio 
Funded by Kickstarter!
I'm playing a Jim Banicki Violin

 

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Mau a Malawi: Stories of AIDS

by Peter Mawanga & Andrew Finn Magill (2011)

This album was enabled by a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship, the UNC Chapel Hill honors program, and the ideablob entrepreneurial idea contest in 2010. The result, Mau a Malawi: Stories of AIDS is a fundraiser album for Talents of the Malawian Child, a Malawian non-profit organization dedicated to building self-esteem and self-sustaining financial opportunities for vulnerable children through the arts. 

Talents of the Malawian Child is run by a board of directors and has several programs working with AIDS orphans, kids with disabilities, boys in the youth educational reform system, and street children.

Under TOMC, Plan Malawi, and UNICEF, Peter Mawanga led music workshops with underprivileged children, which led to the production of three professional quality studio albums: Ana a Saso (2005), Vingoma nsa Visekese (2006) and Sounds of Lilongwe (2008). The sales of these albums go toward paying the children’s school fees. 

Sales from Mau a Malawi: Stories of AIDS will be invested into many exciting new programs to help vulnerable children, particularly AIDS orphans in Malawi.

All music written and produced by Andrew Finn Magill & Peter Mawanga

Peter Mawanga - Lead & backing vocals, nylon-string guitar, percussion, djembes, chisekesi
Andrew Finn Magill - lead vocal (Tr. 6), backing vocals, violins, steel-string guitar, low whistles
Jorge Izqueirdo - lead vocal (Tr. 1&4)
George Mkandawire - lead vocal (Tr. 1) 
Lizzy Ross - lead vocal (Tr. 2&4) 
Rudo Mkukupa Chakwera - lead vocal (Tr. 2)  
Faith Mussa - lead vocal (Tr. 4)  
Q Malewezi - lead vocal (Tr. 5)  
Cathie Ryan - lead vocal (Tr. 7)  
Joyce Kaliwo - lead vocal (Tr. 6)  
Stephon Lamar - lead vocal (Tr. 8)  
Madalitso Usi - lead vocal (Tr. 8)  
Daniel Kelo - lead vocal (Tr. 9)  
Siobhan Quinn - lead vocal (Tr. 10) 
Alfred Sitolo - Bass
Dryson Mwimba - Drums
Mavuto Miliyomi - marimba
Thatcher N'goma - electric guitar (Tr. 3)
Kaitlin Houlditch-Fair - piano
Grant Scheuring - electric guitar (Tr. 10)

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