The name Frankie Gavin is also synonymous with De Dannan, the globally renowned band he founded in the mid-1970s with Alec Finn and others. After a short break in the early 2000s, Frankie restarted the band with a new young line-up. In addition to playing solo, Frankie Gavin has recently formed two new groups: The Roaring 20s Irish Orchestra, who play the music of the Flanagan Brothers, and The Provenance, a 5-piece group which plays electrifying fiddle music. In his time, Gavin has played for four American presidents, starting as a seven-year old, when he played for John F. Kennedy on his 1962 visit to Ireland, as well as for Presidents Clinton and Bush and for Barack and Michelle Obama. In 2018 Frankie won Traditional Musician of the Year at the Gradam Ceoil Awards. This was a momentous year in other ways: Frankie and Alec Finn made up their differences and played a few gigs together with an old De Dannan line-up; the two old friends also made a second recording as a duo – 40 years after the original. The plain fact is that there is no more exciting fiddle player or moving flute player in the world of Irish music today.