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The Gig for Gav

Line Up/ Support: The Waterboys, Sharon Shannon, PictureHouse, Mundy, Mary Black, Cormac Begley, Paul Harrington, Beagnish, The Begley’s

The Gig for Gav - A night of music and dance in aid of Gavin Ralston

Featuring The Waterboys, Sharon Shannon, PictureHouse, Mundy, Mary Black, Cormac Begley, Paul Harrington, Beagnish, The Begley’s - Plus more acts to be announced.

A host of A-list Irish bands are lining up to play at Vicar Street on 1st April for a benefit gig entitled ‘The Gig for Gav’ in aid of beloved Dublin producer and guitarist Gavin Ralston. Gavin has been battling cancer on and off since 2014 and his friends wanted to come together and help raise funds for his treatment.

Gavin Ralston has worked within in the Irish music scene for the last twenty-five years and during that time he has built up a reputation as both a consummate professional and talented musician. He has played guitar with the Waterboys, Sharon Shannon and Picture House, and has produced recordings for Ronnie Drew and Bagatelle, as well as The Coronas first ever studio session.

He has a great many fans and friends within the Irish music industry and they wanted to help Gavin at this tough time in his life, to show support for him and his wife and children.
Gavin was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer in 2014 and managed to beat it, but it returned in 2017 and after major surgery the tumour again returned in 2018. He has been receiving chemotherapy for the last six months and has been unable to work.

‘The Gig for Gav’ is a benefit concert to raise funds for Gavin, as well as to raise awareness of The Sarah Jennifer Knott Foundation which was established following Sarah’s death from Cancer of Unknown Primary. The SJK Foundation promotes awareness, education and research into Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) to help make the unknown known.

Gavin is from the famous Kerry Begley family on his mother’s side and so his uncle and cousin, renowned trad musicians Seamus and Cormac Begley, are delighted to be on the bill. Gavin’s brother Aongus Ralston is also a musician, playing bass with PictureHouse and The Waterboys, and he will also be helping out on the night.

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