Frankie Gavin is an Irish musician and composer who has been playing traditional Irish music since the age of seven. He is best known as the founder and leader of the band De Dannan, which he formed in 1975. He is also a renowned solo artist, having released several solo albums, including Frankie Goes to Town, Frankie in the Tradition, and Frankie and the Boys. His music is a mix of traditional Irish music, jazz, and classical music, and he is considered one of the most influential figures in Irish music. He has won numerous awards, including the Irish Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. He has also collaborated with many other musicians, including Van Morrison, The Chieftains, and The Rolling Stones. His music is a unique blend of traditional Irish music and modern jazz, and his live performances are renowned for their energy and passion.