IRISH fiddler Frankie Gavin is returning to Salisbury with his band De Dannan on Sunday.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s finest fiddlers, Frankie entered the Guinness Book of records in 2010 as the fastest fiddle player in the world.

From his first TV appearance playing the tin whistle when he was six, to seven solo albums, his adventures in the realms of jazz, gospel, and klezmer, through to appearances and recordings with such luminaries as Earl Scruggs, Stephane Grapelli, Sir Yehudi Menuhin and the Rolling Stones, “The Prince of Irish Fiddlers” is one of the outstanding Irish performers of the past 30 years. Frankie is also the original founding member and band leader of internationally acclaimed traditional supergroup De Dannan.

The current line-up includes Frankie on fiddle, flute and whistles, Damien Mullane on the accordion, Eric Cunningham on percussion, flutes and whistles, Mike Galvin on bouzouki and guitar, and Michelle Lally on vocals. They have played all over the world, to audiences of thousands. On Sunday they will be performing at the Red Lion Hotel.

Support is from Tim Madden. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £12.50 will be available on the door. To reserve a ticket, or for more information, call 01722 413236.

SATURDAY sees the Salisbury Music Awards 2014 take place at Salisbury Arts Centre.

Among those performing on the night are Bow Street Revolt, Lyrical Monsoon, Crippled Rook, Pyeshoppe, Jet Pack Invicta and Robb Blake. Those attending will be able to vote for Best Band by completing a form.

Doors are open at 7.30pm and tickets are £5 or £6 on the door. The same day will see a special Awards Live Lunch as Stone Donkey Pilots and The I's play from midday with free entry.