Month: January 2014

Andy Irvine Status Update

Newstead Festival in Victoria starts today.
Lashing rain this morning but looks like clearing up. Chewton Festival which was the forerunner of Newstead was always one of my favorites.
Here’s the rest of my tour dates in Australia. Some of them could do with a bit of publicising, so here goes.

Jan 31. Bendigo, VIC – Music in the Park, Rosalind Park 7pm
Feb 2. Trinity Sessions at Trinity Church, Adelaide, SA
Feb 6. House Concert, Alice Springs, NT
Feb 8. Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, Katherine, NT
Feb 9. The Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Feb 20. Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC. with The Bill Jackson Trio
Feb 21. House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Feb 22. House Concert, Harcourt North, VIC

Really looking forward to long drive up the centre. Hot? Probably! Also looking forward to week’s holiday in NT.


The Blind Harper – RTÉ Archives

Video: The Blind Harper – RTÉ Archives


RTE Radio 1 Album of the Week is Parachilna!

Irish Times Album Review: Andy Irvine with Rens van der Zalm: Parachilna

Album: Parachilna
Artist: Andy Irvine with Rens van der Zalm
Label: Independent Release
Genre: Traditional

Renewable energy powers the music of Andy Irvine. He’s always in hot pursuit of new perspectives, and his more recent live performances have been invigorated by collaborations with Liam Ó Floinn, Paddy Glackin and Dónal Lunny. Parachilna is a horse of an altogether wilder disposition. Saddling up with fellow Mozaik member Rens van der Zalm on fiddle, guitar, mandolin and viola, Irvine embarks on an Outback adventure in southAustralia. It’s a mix of Aussie and Irish songs, recorded organically with voice, harmonica and strings to the fore. The only pity is that there aren’t more Australian numbers, but Irvine’s own composition, Douglas Mawson (recalling the Antarctic explorer’s fateful expedition), is a reminder of how much at home he is in the Antipodes. A fine if fleeting snapshot of a musician ever in pursuit of the story and the


Jan 4. Fairlight Folk Lounge, Fairlight, NSW. with Señor Cabrales.

7:30pm Saturday 4th January 2014

Return of Irish music legend 
Andy Irvine

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Pre-purchasing your tickets is highly recommended to avoid disappointment
(door tickets on the night may be limited or sold out)

Please click this link to visit Eventbrite for ticket sales and details.

photo © Brian Hartigan

One of the distinctive Irish singers, Andy’s voice is one of a handful that capture the very soul of Ireland.
A musician, singer, songwriter and an accomplished instrumentalist,
Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his 45 year career,
being hailed as “a tradition in himself”.

“A musical travelogue through time and space. His right hand dexterity on bouzouki was nothing short of amazing” -Frets Magazine.


Seven-piece Celtic band 
Señor Cabrales

Stirring Asturian music from over the Blue Mountains. The band’s intricate melodic use of fiddle, Spanish pipes (gaita), mandolin, bouzouki, flute, whistle, tenor banjo, bombarde, mandola and bodhran, interwoven with rich harmonic rhythm and driving percussion, delivers a fresh, exciting sound which has thrilled festival audiences throughout Australia.

Señor Cabrales has been praised as “a Celtic musical journey from Spain’s northwest tip to the outer Isles of Scotland.”

This promises to be an unforgettable night of musical entertainment!
Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance (see above)!!!
Please check these pages again later to stay up-to-date on the latest information.

Our Future page has details of other planned Fairlight Folk shows.

Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge…

  • A place to relax
  • To drink in the candlelit atmosphere (and maybe a good red or two!)
  • To enjoy good company.

And above all, to experience some of Sydney’s best live music!
Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge is the brainchild of a group of dedicated volunteers, musicians and friends from Sydney’s northern beaches, united by a passion for great music. They set up Fairlight Folk to promote the vibrant musical culture that operates largely outside the mainstream music scene, and beyond the reach of the predictable formats of music radio. They wanted to share their passion with an audience that’s hungry for diverse and authentic music, delivered in an environment that’s warm, relaxed and inviting. And to do it all at an affordable price.
Fairlight Folk offers consistently high quality music ranging from Celtic and traditional folk to blues to world to a capella to soul, and showcases bands and singer-songwriters – both established and emerging acts. The unifying theme is that the music is mostly acoustic (but not exclusively so), suited to delivery in an intimate and relaxed environment.
Held every three months at the William St Studios (see our map) at 3 William St, Fairlight (the old Baptist Church just down from Sydney Rd). Fairlight Folk is usually held on a Saturday night starting 7:30 pm every February, May, August and November. See our Future page for details on entry donation amounts.