Andrew Finn Magill
Fiddler. Violinist. Composer.


Purchase Branches HERE!
Young Finn has a beautiful sound and touch on the Irish fiddle. He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. I'm gonna keep listening for Finn Magill"
-Tim O' Brien
"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 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 great depth and understanding of traditional Irish music"  
- Mairéad Ní Mhoanaigh (Altan)
"A fiddler in full flight and at complete ease with the music."
- Kevin Crawford (Lúnasa)
“He is very talented and hard working. He’s just an absolute natural” Brian Conway

Music

Bio

By age 16 Andrew Finn Magill was a two- time finalist at the All-Ireland Championships and he is equally proficient in several American folk idioms such as old-time and bluegrass. 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  , co-leads  Violino no Choro  and many other projects around his native Asheville.

In 2016 he launched a two-part concept album Roots (UPC: 700261440644) and Branches (UPC: 700261440743) which chart Magill's musical progression in Irish music. Roots features guest appearances by   John Doyle , Colin Farrell and Cillian Vallelly ( Lúnasa ) and Sean Earnest ( The Yanks ), and debuted at #47 on the Folk DJ charts to critical acclaim:

"Serene and incredibly soulful, Andrew Finn Magill encounters the tradition in a manner reminiscent of Keith Jarrett on The Melody at Night With You." -Siobhan Long, The Irish Times


"Andrew Finn Magill is proud of his Irish roots, obviously, and does them full justice here in a sparkling selection of mainly old tunes with a handful of more recent compositions, all by acknowledged Irish masters."
-Alex Monaghan The Living Tradition


"On Roots, the dominant accent is that of Counties Clare and Sligo, in fiddle playing that is fresh, vital, and fleet."
-Michael Quinn, ​Songlines


Branches features Paul McKenna and Seán Gray ( The Paul McKenna Band ), Grant Gordy ( The David Grisman Quintet ), Duncan Wickel ( The Rondo Rigs ), David Brown ( Rising Appalachia ), Vincent Fogarty ( The Red Wellies ), Dan Iannucci, and Micah Thomas.

"About the time I got to the middle of Track 4, I decided I could not listen to "Branches" on my little car's simple radio anymore... I had to get home to listen to it on the stereo. And why? because "Branches" is wonderful. The tunes Finn's written are melodic and heartfelt, and the arrangements are gorgeous. Every note, chord, and beat captivates and delights. There's a globe of influences whittled down here to one fiddler's vision, and the result is a wonderful perfection of an album."
-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 moving to Rio de Janeiro in 2014, Magill has been deeply immersed in Brazil's Choro tradition, a highly technical instrumental genre emerging out of Rio in the late 1800s. He has since started many Brazilian projects including his own quartet  O FInno  and  Violino no Choro. In 2017 he will be launching an album of all Brazilian-inspired originals.

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.

"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

"Andrew  Finn is a wonderful instructor. It was a relatively small class (around 12 people) and he gave many of us individual
attention. I was the newest person to the fiddle (one year) and he made it a point to keep making corrections. He clearly loves what he does and wanted to pass on his passion. We all loved him in return. I hope he’s teaching again next year."
-Former Student

"Finn is a very good teacher. Showed us the ornaments I wanted and save saved us plenty of repetitions so as to fix them in our minds. He’s patient and respectful of our limitations."
- Former Student

"A 10! Excellent kind and organized teacher." - Former Student


Upcoming Shows

  1. 1/21
    Tosco Music Party - Charlotte, NC

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    The famous Tosco Music Party in downtown Charlotte!
  2. 3/23
    Rockwood Music Hall - New York NY

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  3. 3/24
    The GAC - Fairfield CT

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  4. 4/8
    Hampshire Arts - Romney WV

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  5. 4/11
    The Grey Eagle - Asheville NC

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill with Leah Song (Rising Appalachia)
  6. 4/13
    House Concerts at Brad's - Baltimore MD

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  7. 4/14
    Jordan Friel's House Concerts - Warrenton VA

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  8. 4/15
    Greater Folklore Society of Washington DC

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  9. 4/16
    Bette Conway's House Concerts - Bethlehem PA

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  10. 4/23
    Muddycreek Music Hall - Winston Salem

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  11. 6/4-9
    Montana Fiddle Camp

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    Teaching Irish & Brazilian out west!
  12. 6/26
    National Storytelling Festival - Jonesborough TN

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    NPR live taping
  13. 6/29
    Acadia Trad Workshop - Bar Harbor ME

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  14. 7/8
    Grandfather Highland Games - Banner Elk NC

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    w/ Will MacMorran
  15. 7/9-15
    Fiddlekids Music Camp - Berkeley CA

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    Amazing fiddle camp at The Freight & Salvage
  16. 7/23-28
    Fairbanks Arts Festival - Fairbanks AK

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    Teaching Brazilian music and improv at this great fiddle camp
  17. 8/13-18
    Séjour de Cléguerec - Cléguerec France

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    Fiddle camp in Brittany, France
  18. 8/19
    Fiddle Workshop - Nantes France

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    Location TBA
  19. 7/16-22
    Celtic Week - Swannanoa NC

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    The Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops
  20. 2/27
    Rockwood Music Hall - New York NY

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    with Dominick Leslie (mandolin) & Dave Speranza (bass)
  21. 7/5
    The Burren Backroom - Boston MA

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    w/ Nathan Gourley on guitar - Double bill with The Jeremiahs
  22. 4/6
    The Next Door - Johnson City TN

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  23. 4/5
    Blue Plate Special Radio Show - Knoxville TN

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  24. 1/27
    Highland Brewing Company - Asheville NC

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    The Resonant Rogues
  25. 2/15-19
    National Folk Alliance - Kansas City, MO

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    Official Showcase with The Resonant Rogues
  26. 2/5
    Mountain Chamber Jazz Ensemble - Black Mountain NC

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    20 piece jazz big band
  27. 2/3
    Jack of the Wood - Asheville NC

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    The Resonant Rogues
  28. 3/1-3/22
    Brazil

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    Recording some new albums!
  29. 4/22
    High Strung Violins & Guitars - Durham NC

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  30. 4/19
    Sellersville Theatre - Sellersville PA

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  31. 4/21
    Julee Glaub's Concert Series - Durham NC

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  32. 4/23
    The Evening Muse - Charlotte NC

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill (w/ La Terza Classe)
  33. 4/20
    TEDx Greensboro

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    Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill
  34. 5/22
    Fremont Theatre - Portland OR

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    Brazilian Violin Trio
  35. 6/2
    Traditions Café - Olympia OR

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    Solo Fiddle show
Projects
ALL PROJECTS
GALLERY
  1. Finn Hi Res 5
  2. Title
  3. Finn Hi Res 1
  4. Finn Hi Res 3
  5. Finn High Res 2
Photography: Anna Colliton copyright 2015

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Andrew Finn Magill Booking
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Ana Sors
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O Finno Booking
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