James Patrick Gavin Trio
Performing at The Water Rats
Friday 4th September

Fresh from his tour of the “magnificent”(Folk Radio UK) debut album Chewing The Fat, a saga of spoken word and folk steeped in the sounds and words of rural Ireland, James Gavin brings acclaimed experimental folk artist Adrian Lever and the unparalleled jazz composer Tim Fairhall to weave a fresh folk legacy from their diverse roots.

Known for his consistent collaborative work at the forefront of London’s thriving folk scene in TEYR, The Rad Orchestra, and Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra, multi-instrumentalist and composer James Gavin creates music that dances the line between tradition and irreverence, city and hinterland, groove and grace. Chewing The Fat (“A tapestry that stitches together ideas of place, identity and continuity. Dazzling.” -RnR Magazine) betrays Gavin’s remarkable compositional ability to trace those ley lines of the Irish folk diaspora beyond the historical to the truly original.

Adrian Lever joins Gavin in this journey after eight years of innovation with the critically acclaimed Horses Brawl, as well as performing regularly as part of trio Alma with leading English folk fiddlers John Dipper & Emily Askew. Lever lends his seasoned and steady hand at guitar, adept from Balkan to flamenco stylings, with a particular grace and flair learned from stomping stages at Lewes guitar Festival and the Barbican.

Tim Fairhall breaks from his notable contributions to contemporary jazz, improv and post-classical on stages as far and wide as the Royal Albert Hall, Cologne Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Grande Auditorium Lisbon to bring his distinctive style (as well as his Guildhall distinction) to bear on the roots of Gavin’s compositions.
Together, the venturesome trio represent the best of collaborative creation and of their multifarious influences – a practised blend of daring and awe.