London born multi-instrumentalist James Patrick Gavin launches his debut solo album on home turf this February. A fiddle player and guitarist, he creates folk music that dances the line between tradition and irreverence, London and Ireland, groove and grace. Described as “magnificent” by FolkRadioUK, here he presents a wealth of new original material that weaves together three generations of his own Irish family. At the launch James will be accompanied by an award winning group of artists as featured on the album, 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 UK’s finest folk musicians presents a rare joining-of-dots between innumerable bands from previous decades. The new album ‘Chewing The Fat’ blends folk tunes, songs and spoken word in an ode to roots and identity. After years working with outfits such as The Rad Orchestra, TEYR and Jez Hellard, now James crafts a sonic world that both showcases his instrumental skill and his broad talent for collaboration. James Patrick Gavin live at the Union Chapel kicks off a nationwide tour. See jamespatrickgavin.com for full details.