Raised in an Irish musical household in Asheville, North Carolina, Andrew “Finn the Fiddler” Magill grew up studying with many of the best traditional Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops. At age 18, his debut album Drive & Lift (which features John Doyle and John Skelton among others) was featured multiple times on NPR and his 2016 two-disc project Roots and Branches debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts. Says East Clare fiddler Martin Hayes:
“Andrew Finn Magill is a leading fiddler in a new generation of musicians.”
Finn has spend almost two decades building his career on Irish music having performed with John Doyle, Open the Door for Three, and the Paul McKenna Band among many other luminaries. He currently has a group with Irish multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley which performs the festival circuit and concerts all over the U.S. Over the years he has performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections, Disney World, and The Olympia in Paris, France among hundreds of other venues.
In 2014 Finn moved to Rio de Janeiro and plunged head on into Brazilian choro music, studying with some of the most accomplished in the genre including Luís Barcelos, Nicolas Krassik and Pedro Paes. Since then, he has spearheaded several Brazilian projects including choro quartet O Finno, Brazilian Strings Trio (with fellow American violinist Ted Falcon and Brazilian guitarist Nando Duarte) and Canta, Violino! the album of which was launched in 2018 on Ropeadope Records and writes Airto Moreira of Weather Report and Chick Corea: “He can fool you into thinking he’s Brazilian!”