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Gavin Friday


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Dublin, Ireland (1977 – present)

Gavin Friday (b. Fionan Hanvey, 8 Oct 1959, in Dublin, Ireland). In early life, he survived a Christian Brothers education to become a singer, composer & painter. His latest release is “Catholic” (22 April 2011, Rubyworks).

In 1977, Friday was a founder of Virgin Prunes (legendary avant-garde group). 1987-2005 he composed & performed with, musical partner, Maurice Seezer. He released his 4th solo album Catholic in April 2011.

Gavin Friday & The Man Seezer albums (with Maurice), inc: “Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves” (1989), “Adam ‘n’ Eve” (1992) & “Shag Tobacco” (1995).

Film scores & soundtracks include Get Rich or Die Tryin’, In America, In the Name of the Father, The Boxer, Disco Pigs, Short Cuts and Romeo + Juliet. Gavin worked with producer Hal Willner on the music for director Abel Ferrera’s movie Chelsea on the Rocks (2008). He has also collaborated with the English composer Gavin Bryars, setting Shakespeare’s sonnets to music.

Stage Shows include the Kurt Weill Extravaganza Ich Liebe Dich, the one man show I didn’t come up the Liffey in a bubble and Gavin’s tribute to German music, Tomorrow belongs to me.

Gavin Friday played the character Billy Hatchet in Neil Jordan’s film Breakfast in Pluto (2006). He recorded three songs for the film, two of which are featured on the soundtrack album: ‘Sand’ and ‘Wig Wam Bam’.

Sites: Discogs, YouTube and Official Site


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