Local Irish musician visits the Fraser Public Library to celebrate Irish heritage and cultural traditions for St. Patrick’s Day.
Mick Gavin, a 73-year-old fiddle player, will be at the Fraser Public Library on March 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. Gavin will play his fiddle for patrons as well as share folktales enjoyed by the Irish for years.
Gavin was born in 1945 in Limerick, Ireland, and raised 6 miles away in Clare County on a small farm with a cow named Polly, a horse named Bob and 100 chickens. He is the youngest of nine and attended Irish National School. When he was 29, Gavin saw the United States for the first time when he flew to Boston to play wedding gigs with two other guys.
Since then, Gavin has been considered a traditional music entertainer for more than 40 years. He likes to hang around the Corktown neighborhood playing music with old-time and bluegrass musicians, and participating in the Corktown Square Dance Society.
“I found out about Mick Gavin from the Gaelic League Irish American Club,” said Kristen Getzin, programming and youth services librarian. “There was a long list of musicians on the GLIAC website, so I reached out and Mick was strongly suggested by them.”
Getzin said that upon more research of Gavin, she saw videos and articles that made him the clear front runner.
Gavin is a part of the St. Paddy’s Day Celebration hosted by the Fraser Public Library. This event will be filled with Irish traditions. Mick Gavin will kick off the day with his authentic entertainment followed by lessons to learn how the ways of the Ceili Dance, a traditional folk dance of Ireland.
The event is from 1 to 4 p.m., and free and open to the public.
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