Andrew “Finn the Fiddler” Magill was raised at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops, studying with the world’s best fiddlers and by age 18 had been featured multiple times on NPR. His 2016 two-disc project Roots and Branches debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts and says grammy-winner Americana artist Tim O’Brien:
“He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. On Branches you can hear a new musical voice emerging. I’m gonna keep listening for Finn Magill.”
In 2014 Finn moved to Rio de Janeiro and plunged into Brazilian music, studying with some of the most accomplished in the genre. Canta, Violino! is the product of years of study and performance in Brazil. Writes Brazilian percussion legend Airto Moreira of Weather Report and Miles Davis: “Its nice to see fresh, young musicians carrying on the traditions of Brazilian music. Finn Magill displays a love and authenticity that can fool you into thinking he is from Brazil. His style is playful and light, yet soulful and passionate. Congratulations!”
Magill merges his folk background and more than fifteen years of jazz study with the Brazilian musical language he has spent the last four years studying. The result is uncharted territory for both the violin and Brazilian music.