A LEGENDARY Irish fiddler is set to perform a gig next month to raise money for the Salisbury Hospice charity.

Frankie Gavin, a highly regarded traditional Irish fiddle player, will join pianist Catherine McHugh for an evening of music at St John's Place on Saturday, April 6.

Mr Gavin has played fiddle and flute since his teenage years winning All-Ireland competitions for both at age 17.

Originally influenced by the great Irish and American-Irish fiddle players such as James Morrison, he later found himself playing with stars: The Rolling Stones, Stephane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin.

Salisbury Journal: Frankie Gavin.Frankie Gavin. (Image: Frankie Gavin)

He has performed for countless celebrity audiences including four American presidents: John Kennedy on his 1962 visit to Ireland, then Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama.

Perhaps most significantly, the name Frankie Gavin is synonymous with De Dannan, the globally renowned band he founded with Alec Finn in the mid-1970s.

After a short break, in the early 2000s, Frankie started a new version of the band with a young line-up.

Tickets cost £17.50 (plus a £1.80 booking fee) and are available from wegottickets.com/event/611273/#.

£2.50 from each ticket will be going to Salisbury Hospice and St John's Place.