Andrew Finn Magill is a fiddler/violinist who straddles genres. By 16, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland fiddle championships. 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,
and is a founding member of
Violino no Choro.
In 2005 he released Drive & Lift
, a debut featuring ex-Solas guitarist
. It received rave reviews in Dirty Linen and Sing Out! magazine and has been featured multiple times on NPR’s The Thistle & Shamrock.
“He is an innovator and composer with clearly his own signature. This (Drive & Lift) is just an awesome debut, which delights one more on each listen.” — National Heritage Award Winner, fiddler 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
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
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 2014 Andrew Finn has been developing a Brazilian music project
which is inspired by Brazil's Choro
tradition, a highly technical instrumental genre emerging out of Rio de Janeiro in the late 1800s. In less than a year, the group has been featured twice in public performance series Viva o Talento
, local radio, and performed throughout Rio de Janeiro.
"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