With deep roots, and a BMus from the Dublin Institute of Technology, in traditional Irish music, Avery is one of the foremost performers on Irish flute, Irish bouzouki, tin whistle, mandolin, and DADGAD guitar in the Portland area. His original music uses these roots as a base to explore the connections between Irish music and the traditional music of England, Scotland, America, and other Celtic nations while infusing it with jazz and eastern sounds to create a unique style unlike anything else on the scene today! Available for all events as a soloist, Avery also has a large network of traditional Irish music playing friends and can easily assemble a group for occasions where it is desired.
Price Range: Variable; Please Ask
Gig Length: 10 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
I can offer multiple different services; solo instrumental music on Irish flute, tin whistle, bouzouki, guitar, and/or mandolin as well as traditional and original Irish and similar songs accompanied on bouzouki and/or guitar or a combination of any of these things. I can also assemble a group to play Irish traditional music on instruments such as Uilleann pipes, fiddle, accordion, harp, etc.
Avery LeVine is originally from Portland, OR and now makes his home there; he also spent 10+ years living on the east coast and 5 years in Dublin, Ireland. Music has always been an interest and Avery can remember strumming on his mom’s old guitar as a young child; as well as composing song lyrics in his head while on the playground in kindergarten. He began playing music in earnest around the age of 11 and it was during a punk rock phase in his early teens that he discovered Irish music. After listening to bands like Flogging Molly and the Pogues he quickly found himself more interested in the traditional music elements than the punk elements. It wasn’t long before he was hooked on bands like Lúnasa, Danú, and Dervish and starting to learn tin whistle and mandolin; in the coming years he would also begin playing Irish flute, bouzouki, and DADGAD guitar and singing traditional songs. He considers Irish flute and bouzouki to be his main instruments now.
At the age of 18 Avery embarked on a journey across the Atlantic to attend the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in pursuit of a Bmus in Traditional Irish Music Studies. While studying there Avery took flute lessons with Tom Doorley and Peter Browne and mandolin lessons with Kieran Hanrahan. He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Irish Traditional Music Studies with Honours. Outside of college Avery spent a lot of time playing sessions in Dublin. During this time Avery had the opportunity to play with and learn from his contemporaries in Dublin; people who would later form bands such as Lynched, Skipper’s Alley, The Bonny Men, The FourWinds, etc. As well as sitting in at sessions with local and international traditional music legends such as Seamus Tansey, Mick O’Brien, Eileen Hassett, Dennis Cahill, John McSherry, Michael McGoldrick, Cathy Jordan, Dermot Byrne, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, and others.
After college Avery moved back to Portland for a year and then decided to give Dublin another chance and spent another year there playing traditional music professionally. The difficulties inherent in playing traditional music for a living drove Avery to realizing a dream he had long had; writing his own songs. He has spent the last few years back in Portland refining this craft and is expecting to release his debut solo EP titled Lonesome City in Spring 2017. Since moving back to Portland Avery spent almost 2 years playing with local Celtic trio Dram & Go who released their debut EP in late 2015. Avery decided to part ways with the band in mid-2016 to pursue his solo work. You can find Avery playing sessions around Portland and occasionally doing gigs with musicians/groups such as Felim Egan, the Stomptowners, Bob Soper, Tim Cornell, members of Na Rosaí, and many others!
Additional Booking Notes
In a small space I can perform acoustically; if necessary I can bring sound equipment at an extra charge. I am also happy to use any equipment provided and can bring certain pieces if necessary. Contact me with any questions.
Most of my material is original or traditional and is not well known; some of the more commonly known songs I know are listed below. I am happy to learn specific songs for events at an extra charge with at least 2 weeks notice per song.
Some songs I do that you may know:
Mary and the Soldier (Irish Trad.)
Erin Go Bragh (Robert Tanahill; this is the song sung by Dick Gaughan not the more common song of the same name)
I Courted a Wee Girl (Irish Trad.)
When First Unto this Country (American Trad.)
The Ploughboy (Irish Trad.)
One of These Things First (Nick Drake cover)
All My Rage (Laura Marling cover)
I also know at least 350+ Irish traditional tunes.
Influences & Inspiration
In no particular order: Andy Irvine and Paul Brady, Dick Gaughan, Gillian Welch, Abigail Washburn, Nick Drake, Laura Marling, Matt Molloy, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Martin Carthy, John Coltrane, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussein, Robin Williamson, The Incredible Stringband, Crooked Still, Aoife O'Donovan, John Hartford, Sarah Jarosz, The Bothy Band, Planxty, Danu, Dervish, Lunasa, Lau, The Be Good Tanyas, I Draw Slow, Tim O'Brien, etc.
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