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Gavin Ralston:

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Gavin is a man of many hats: As a traditional Irish Guitarist he has worked with many artists & groups including Arcady, Beginish, Sharon Shannon, Frankie Gavin & De Dannan, Donal Lunny, Cormac Breatnach, Begley & Cooney, Marie Breatnach& the Irish Folk Orchestra. As a Folk/Rock musician he has toured & performed with The Waterboys, Picture House, Clannad,Bagatelle, Revelino, Frances Black, Mary Black, Luan Parle, Eimear Quinn, Kieran Goss, Leslie Dowdall, Thom Moore, Eleanor McEvoy & Luka Bloom. Gavin has recorded with many musicians including Phil Coulter, featured with Sinead O Connor, played piano on Luan Parle’s top 10 selling hit “Ghost”, contributed guitar with Mike Scott on a Dan ArBraz album featuring a Fiachra Trench orchestral arrangement and in total has over 70 album credits.

Within the theatre & show world he has performed with a number of Irish dance shows including with Michael Flatley, Charlie Lennon, RonanHardiman& Colm O’Foghlu. He featured as a soloist with both Anúna ( Riverdance ) and the Irish Concert Orchestra, worked with Tyne Daly on the Brecht play Mother Courage in Dublin and featured on Flaminco guitar in Rubato’s  dance show in the Mansion House Dublin. As a producer Gavin has worked with Ronnie Drew on his final album A Fond Farewell, Laura Izibor, The Coronas on their first record sessions, Bagatelle on their last 3 albums, Steve Wickham of the Waterboys debut solo album, Thom Moore’s third album, The Last Tycoons debut album The LastTycoons, Clara Rose’s debut album, B & the Honeyboys self-titled debut album and  currently finishing their second album, Beginish, Andrew Murray solo album, and Cormac Breatnach’s recent album  featuring Grammy award winning Vanessa Williams. With the Dave Munnelly band he produced 2 albums and toured all over USA, Europe and Japan from 2000 to 2005. Since then he has been writing, recording & touring with Luan Parleas well as contributing tracks to Ceol ’08, A WomansHeart 20th anniversary album and a specially commissioned song for RTE’s 2012 A Murray Christmas.

He published a tutor book, CD and DVD on Irish Traditional guitar playing for Waltons&Melbey USA and wrote a series of articles on home recording for The Irish Music magazine. He has been involved in IMRO sponsored song writing andproduction work-shops with Luan Parle nation-wide. He has also had many TV appearances including those with Enrique Iglesias, Francis Rossi (Status Quo), Trisha Yearwood, Marty Pellow (Wet,wet,wet), Christy Hennessy, Katie Melua, Lulu and SamathaMumba, Shane Ward & Natasha Bettingfield. Gavin lectures in The College of Music DIT, BIFE as well as being a music educator with Music Generation Wicklow.