Chicago musician Sean Gavin wins Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal

Sean Gavin a flute player from Chicago was awarded The Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal in the final of the competition on Friday 5th February. The judges for the night were Patsy Hanly, Mick O’Connor and Mary Bergin and had to pick a winner from 15 top whistle and flute players. Sean Gavin received the Seán Ó Riada medal, made by Cashel goldsmith Pádraig Ó Mathúna, and €2000. Musician, composer and broadcaster Peadar Ó Riada made the final presented live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

“Sean’s playing on the flute, whistle and uilleann pipes reflects his lifelong immersion in, devotion to, and love for traditional Irish music. This was no doubt encouraged by his County Clare-born, fiddle playing father, Mick Gavin. As a boy in Detroit, Sean played a variety of Irish instruments until settling on the flute at age 10, inspired by Scariff flautist Leo MacNamara.  Not long after, he began work on the uilleann pipes with teacher Al Purcell—himself a student of famed piper Leo Rowsome.  Currently residing in Chicago, he deeply values his many opportunities to hear, talk with and learn from Sligo flute legend Kevin Henry. Sean is a member of traditional group Bua as well as the acclaimed group NicGaviskey.” Source

Listen to his performance below.

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