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A London born multi-instrumentalist, he creates folk music that dances the line between tradition and irreverence.
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London born multi-instrumentalist James Patrick Gavin creates folk music that dances the line between tradition and irreverence, London and Ireland, groove and grace. Known for previous work with TEYR, The Rad Orchestra and Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra, his debut solo album CHEWING THE FAT was released in February 2018 to wide acclaim. Described as “magnificent” by FolkRadioUK, the record contained a wealth of new and old material that weaved together three generations of his own Irish family. The new album CHEWING THE FAT blends folk tunes, songs, spoken word and field recordings in an ode to roots and identity. It’s a unique sonic world that both showcases his instrumental skill, compositional prowess and his broad talent for collaboration. The nationwide album launch tour was kicked off in London with a sell-out 11-piece show at the Union Chapel. CHEWING THE FAT features an award winning host of guests including singers J. Eoin, Seamus Gavin and Jez Hellard, accordionist Tommie Black-Roff, bouzouki and bodhrán player Tad Sargent, flautist Orlaith McAuliffe, piper Dominic Henderson, guitarist Adrian Lever and banjoist Hugh O’Niell. This unique gathering of some of the UK and Ireland’s finest folk musicians presents a rare joining-of-dots between innumerable bands from previous decades.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform while walking around a venue
I own a PA system
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Folk, Ceilidh, Bluegrass, Country, Irish rock, Folk rock, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, World music, African music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Funeral / Memorial service
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Other skills:
Composer, Songwriter, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching
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Customer questions

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in venues all over the world. From the Union Chapel to house concerts in Germany.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

In 2018 I launched my debut album in the Union Chapel.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I can provide some music from a device over the PA. I would add that I am not a professional DJ.

How much time do you need to set up?

Depends If I am using a PA or not. If I'm playing acoustically then I can be ready to go in a couple of minutes. If I am using a PA I would say roughly and hour to setup.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I am happy to chat through my set and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I can, however this is subject to how much time I have before the date of the performance or event.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£350


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Patrick O, 1 month ago

James performed at our wedding and did not disappoint! He performed at the drinks reception and really helped make our day extra special.

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Ben A, 1 year ago

James is a brilliant musician and great guy. Perfect man to have at a party, he fiddled in the cold for an hour and created a wonderful warm atmosphere. Thanks James!!

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Peter D, 2 years ago

"Three Dollar Shoe were fantastic at our wedding: great sound, great music, a great caller and infinite patience - we were terrible on the dance floor. Everyone loved it"

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Gary L, 2 years ago

Fantastic stuff lads! Thank you so much for playing at my birthday party at the Apollo Theatre. It was a perfect mix of Irish songs and contemporary songs. Especially loved the Dire Straits one! Many many thanks! Gary x

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