Gavin Friday

Gavin Friday

born on 8/10/1959 in Dublin, Ireland

Gavin Friday

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Gavin Friday

Gavin Friday (born Fionán Martin Hanvey, 8 October 1959) is an Irish singer and songwriter, composer, actor and painter.

Early life

Friday was born in Dublin and grew up in Ballygall a neighbourhood located on Dublin's Northside located between Finglas and Glasnevin where he went to school.[1] When he was fourteen years old and living on Cedarwood Road, he met Bono and Guggi at a party to which he had not been invited. Bono said: We caught him trying to steal something of the house. Classic teenage stuff... but we became friends.[2]


He was a founding member of the post-punk group The Virgin Prunes[3] and has recorded several solo albums and soundtracks.

In 1986, after the demise of Virgin Prunes, Friday devoted himself to painting for a while, sharing a studio with Bono, Guggi and Charlie Whisker. This resulted in the exhibition Four Artists - Many Wednesdays (1988) at Dublins Hendricks Gallery. Friday, Guggi and Whisker showed paintings, while Bono opted to exhibit photos taken in Ethiopia. Friday's part of the show was entitled I didn't come up the Liffey in a bubble, an expression often used by Friday's father.[4][5]

His main collaborator between 1987 and 2005 was multi-instrumentalist, Maurice Seezer. They signed to Island Records in 1988 and released three albums together, before parting with the company in 1996.[6] Since then Friday and Seezer composed the score for the Jim Sheridan films The Boxer and In America which was nominated for Best Original Film Score in the 2004 Ivor Novello Awards.[7]

He has maintained a close friendship with U2's Bono[8] since both were children, and they collaborated on the soundtrack for the Jim Sheridan's film In the Name of the Father, including the title track, "Billy Boola" and "You made me the thief of your heart", which was sung by Sinéad O'Connor and nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.[9] In 2003 they wrote "Time Enough for Tears", the original theme tune for Sheridan's film In America, as sung by Andrea Corr.[10] The song was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.[11]

In 1995 he performed "Look What You've Done (To My Skin)," one of two songs (the other sung by P.J. Harvey) written by Philip Ridley and Nick Bicat for Ridley's second feature film as writer and director, The Passion of Darkly Noon.[12]

In 2005 Friday and Seezer collaborated with Quincy Jones on incidental music for the 50 Cent biopic Get Rich or Die Tryin'.[13] In 2001 they scored the film Disco Pigs by Kirsten Sheridan.[14] Two years later Friday and Seezer and their ensemble also collaborated with Bono on Peter & the Wolf in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation.[15]

In September 2006 a 2-CD collection of sea shanties called Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys, produced by Hal Willner, was released on the ANTI- label.[16] Friday contributes to two tracks including the lewd "Baltimore Whores" and "Bully in the Alley" with ex-Virgin Prunes bandmates Guggi and Dave-id. The reunion of Friday, Guggi and Dave-id was the first time they had recorded together since the Virgin Prunes broke up in 1985.[17]

Friday worked again with Hal Willner in June 2007, appearing in the concert "Forest of No Return - the Vintage Disney Songbook" as part of the Meltdown Festival presented at London's newly reopened Royal Festival Hall. Sharing a stage with artists such as Grace Jones, Nick Cave, Pete Doherty and curator Jarvis Cocker, Friday performed the classic Disney tracks "The Siamese Cat Song" and "Castle In Spain".[18]

Taking time out from work on his fourth solo album with Herb Macken, Friday teamed up with English composer, Gavin Bryars, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Opera North for a new interpretation of Shakespeare's Sonnets touring as part of the 2007 Complete Works Festival. Opening in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Friday presented his take on Sonnet 40 ('Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all') and narrated Bryars' 40-minute piece 'Nothing Like The Sun'.[19] Friday and Macken composed the music for the Patrick McCabe play, The Revenant.[20] The Revenant opened as part of the 2007 Galway Arts Festival. The play's main theme is entitled 'Dreamland'.[21]

In 2009 Friday and Macken worked on Gavin's 4th studio album, set for release in 2010.[22] On April 6, 2010 Record company Rubyworks announced they signed Gavin Friday and that a new album is on its way.[23] The new CD is titled catholic and was released in Ireland on Good Friday: 22 April 2011.[24]


Friday's first acting experience was in the Kirsten Sheridan film Disco Pigs (2001), in which he played a bit part.[25]

In 2005 Gavin Friday played Billy Hatchett in the Neil Jordan film Breakfast on Pluto based on Irish author Patrick McCabe's book, which had been influenced by Friday's album Shag Tobacco.[26] On the soundtrack he sings "Wig Wam Bam" and "Sand", a duet with Cillian Murphy.



  • Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves, 1989
  • Adam 'n' Eve, 1992
  • Shag Tobacco, 1995
  • Peter and the Wolf, 2002
  • catholic, 2011


  • "You Can't Always Get What You Want", 1987
  • "Each Man Kills The Things He Loves", 1988
  • "You Take Away the Sun", 1989
  • "Man of Misfortune", 1989
  • "I Want to Live", 1992
  • "King of Trash", 1992
  • "Falling off the Edge of the World", 1993
  • "In the Name of the Father" with Bono, 1994 (IRE #15)
  • "Angel", 1995 (Soundtrack from the film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet)
  • "You, Me and World War III", 1996


  • 1990 Bad Influence
  • 1993 Short Cuts
  • 1993 In the Name of the Father
  • 1996 William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
  • 1996 Mission: Impossible
  • 1996 Basquiat
  • 1998 The Boxer
  • 2001 Moulin Rouge!
  • 2005 Breakfast on Pluto


  • Angel Baby, 1996
  • The Boxer, 1997
  • In America, 2003
  • Get Rich or Die Tryin', 2005


In 1983 Friday appeared on the title track of Dave Ball's In Strict Tempo.[27]

In 1984, Friday collaborated with cult English post-punk group The Fall, on three tracks: "Copped It" and "Stephen Song" appeared on the album The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, and "Clear Off!" was a track on the "Call For Escape Route" EP. On all three tracks, Friday and Fall singer Mark E. Smith alternated vocals, occasionally backing each other up. In the same year Friday provided vocals for the track "The Tenderness of Wolves" on the album Scatology by Coil.[28]

Twelve years later, Friday collaborated with The Heads (former members of the Talking Heads minus David Byrne) on a song called "Blue Blue Moon." This was included as the last of 12 tracks on The Heads' 1996 album No Talking, Just Head. The song is credited to Gavin Friday, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, T. "Blast" Murray and Tina Weymouth.

In 2011, he contributed a cover version of "The Fly" to AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered, a tribute album to U2s Achtung Baby.[29]


  1. Finglas and Glasnevin where Friday went to school (5 April 2012).
  2. Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.. U2 by U2, HarperCollins.
  3. Jason Ankeny:[Gavin Friday at All Music Guide Virgin Prunes biography]. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-10-13.
  4. Peter Murphy:Still Life of a Painter. Hot Press (August 2013). Retrieved on 2009.
  5. van Oosten de Boer, Caroline (August 1991). Gavin Friday - The Light and Dark, Von B Press.
  6. Caroline van Oosten de Boer:Gavin Friday Biography. Retrieved on 2009-10-13.
  7. Friday and Seezer nominated for UK gong. Hot Press. Retrieved on 2009-10-18.
  8. Prune power, Irish Times, 2009-10-10. URL accessed on 2009-10-13.
  9. The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards. HFPA. Retrieved on 2009-10-18.
  10. In L.A., an Irish party toast to 'In America', The Hollywood Reporter. URL accessed on 2009-10-17.
  11. The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards. HFPA. Retrieved on 2009-10-18.
  13. IGN Staff:Interview: Quincy Jones. IGN Movies. Retrieved on 2009-10-18.
  14. Disco Pigs film details. Irish Film & TV Research Online. Retrieved on 2009-10-18.
  15. Peter & the Wolf. The Irish Hospice Foundation. Retrieved on 2009-10-18.
  16. Rogue's Gallery. ANTI. Retrieved on 2009-10-16.
  17. Caroline van Oosten de Boer:Three Pruned Men lined up for Rogue's Gallery. Retrieved on 2009-10-16.
  18. Reviews - Forest of no return, The Guardian, 2007-06-20. URL accessed on 2009-10-16.
  19. Nothing Like The Sun, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon. The Independent. Retrieved on 2009-10-13.
  20. Siobhán Bourke, Jane Daly:The Revenant. Irish Playography. Retrieved on 2009-10-13.
  21. The Revenant. The Revenant Theatre Company. Retrieved on 2009-10-20.
  22. New album next year, says Gavin Friday. Retrieved on 2009-10-13.
  23. Gavin Friday signs to Rubyworks: new album on the way. Retrieved on 2010-04-06.
  24. Sign up for news about Gavin Friday catholic the forthcoming album. Retrieved on 2011-02-28.
  25. Full cast and crew for Disco Pigs. IMDB. Retrieved on 2009-10-19.
  26. Breakfast on Pluto interview with Pat McCabe and Neil Jordan. The Irish Times. Retrieved on 2006-01-10.
  27. Dave Ball - In Strict Tempo. Retrieved on 2009-10-16.
  28. Coil Discography. Retrieved on 2009-10-16.
  29. Q 'releasing' U2 Achtung Baby covers album feat. Jack White, Patti Smith, Nine Inch Nails, Killers & more..., Q the Music, 2011-10-10

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