Gavin Friday stars in Hal Willner and Eric Mingus’ rock opera Tommy


Gavin Friday will play various roles among which Uncle Ernie and the Acid Queen in Hal Willner and Eric Mingus’s re-interpretation of the rock opera Tommy exclusively at the Adelaide Festival in Australia, this coming February.

The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy launched the band to international superstardom and inspired re-interpretations in film, opera, a stage musical and more.

With Pete Townshend’s blessing, the double-album is re-interpreted by vocalist, bassist and composer Eric Mingus and legendary producer Hal Willner, featuring an eclectic cast in the starring roles, including Gavin Friday.

Festival goers will also get the chance to see Gavin Friday perform ‘Nothing Like The Sun’ with composer Gavin Bryars.


PRODUCER Hal Willner
FEATURING Gavin Friday



Preview: Thu 26 Feb, 8pm
Season: Fri 27 Feb–Sat 28 Feb, 8pm / Sun 1 Mar, 6pm

Preview: Adult $69 / Friends $59 / Concession $55 / Under 30 $30
Season: A Reserve $89 / Friends $76
B Reserve $79 / Friends $67 / Concession $63 / Under 30 $30
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Gavin Friday and Gavin Bryars bring Shakespeare Sonnets to Adelaide


Gavin Friday will narrate “Nothing Like the Sun’, a series of Shakespeare Sonnets set to music by the English composer Gavin Bryars at the Adelade Festival in Australia on March 4th. It will be the first time ‘Nothing Like the Sun’ has been performed since 2009 when the two Gavins toured the UK with the piece.

Act 1: Laude and Madrigals featuring The Song Company Act 2: Nothing Like the Sun narrated by Gavin Friday and featuring Peyee Chen and John Potter Act 3: Mercy and Grand featuring Jess Walker


MEZZO SOPRANO Jess Walker NARRATOR Gavin Friday CLARINET Anna Coleman VIOLA II Imants Larsens PERCUSSION Rebecca Lagos ACCORDION James Crabb TENOR SAXOPHONE Julien Wilson PIANO Roland Peelman THE SONG COMPANY – SOPRANO Anna Fraser, Susannah Lawergren MEZZO SOPRANO Hannah Fraser TENOR Richard Black BARITONE Mark Donnelly BASS Alex Knight

Elder Hall

Wed 4 Mar, 7.30pm


Two-concert package:
(Gavin Bryars Ensemble and Gavin Bryars Ensemble with Guests)
Adult $98 / Friends $84

Single concert:
Adult $59 / Friends $49 / Concession $45 / Under 30 $30

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Friday and McCabe collaboration on RTE Radio 1


Patrick McCabe’s play Brady – The Revenant, with original music composed and performed by Gavin Friday, will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, this Sunday at 8pm.

In The Revenant we meet Francie Brady, many years since the events of The Butcher Boy, we meet Francie Brady. Brady now inhabits a form of rarefied space, returning from God’s knows where to the place where he onece ruled the roost, the place where he once committed a heinous crime. But he is a changed person – a shell of what he was, a ghost, a phantom – a Revenant.

Brady is played by Nick Dunning
All Other Parts played by John D. Ruddy
Original Music Composed and Performed by Gavin Friday and Herbie Macken
Sound Supervision by Mark Mc Grath
Directed by Joe O’Byrne

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Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer receive IMRO and ASCAP award


Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer received an Irish Music Rights Organisation and ASCAP award for the ongoing success of their film compositions in the USA in 2013.

“Gavin and Maurice have created some of the most inspiring, moving and memorable soundtracks in Irish film and TV across the last decade that have gone on to touch audiences around the world. Tonight this Award celebrates their creativity and talent,” said Keith Donald, the IMRO Chairman, at a Music In Film & TV Seminar held at IMRO HQ in Dublin.

Gavin Friday is currently working on new material.