Raised in an Irish musical household, Andrew “Finn the Fiddler” Magill grew up studying with many of the world’s best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops in Asheville, North Carolina . At age 18, his debut album Drive & Lift (John Doyle, John Skelton, Will MacMorran) was featured on NPR and his 2016 two-disc project Roots and Branches debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts. Says grammy-winner Americana artist 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.”
Finn has built his career on Irish music, having worked with many musicians including John Doyle, Open the Door for Three, and The Paul McKenna Band. Between these collaborations and others he has performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections, Olympia Hall in Paris, France, and Disneyworld. He currently has a duo with Irish multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley which performs the festival circuit and concerts all over the U.S.
In 2014 Finn moved to Rio de Janeiro to study Brazilian choro music. He soon founded quartet O Finno which the city of Rio de Janeiro featured in its Viva o Talento series. In 2016, Finn founded Brazilian Strings Trio, a trio with fellow American violinist Ted Falcon and Brazilian guitarist Nando Duarte and in 2017 founded Canta, Violino! a Brazilian jazz fusion project, the album of which was released on Ropeadope Records in 2018. Writes Brazilian percussion legend Airto Moreira of Chick Corea 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 Canta, Violino! Magill merges his folk background and more than fifteen years of jazz study with a deep passion for Brazilian music and contemporary instrumental composition. Complementing a busy solo touring schedule, Magill is an on-call fiddle player/violinist with several singers from the acoustic americana to swing idioms.
Passionate about music education, Finn has taught Irish fiddle, bluegrass, old-time and Brazilian choro at more than a dozen fiddle camps across the world including: Montana Fiddle Camp, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, The Freight & Salvage’s Fiddlekids, O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, The Acadia Trad School, Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, The Swannanoa Gathering’s Celtic and Fiddle weeks, Old Songs, and Culture & Projet Stages de Musiques et Danse de Bretagne et du Monde.