Well, I was an actor, I played straightMy mother in 1928Had trod those boards before meI was getting tired of the companyAn actor’s life did not suit meI said “Goodbye; you’ll never see me
circa 1959, playing a guitar given tome by Peter Sellers during a westend theater production in 1958.
“…I landed a part, with a dramatic scene, in Room at the Top, playing opposite Laurence Harvey. He was a bit scary and we had to retake the scene two or three times. It went well eventually and he stumped off the set giving me a “Well done, Andrew””.
|Title||Year||Show||Date / Episode (TV)||Role|
|A Tale of Five Cities||1950||Film||Released 1 Mar 1951||Jimmy|
|Round at the Redways||1955||TV||S1/Ep.4, 19 Oct 1955||Nokie|
|Round at the Redways||1955||TV||S1/Ep.9, 23 Nov 1955||Nokie|
|Round at the Redways||1956||TV||08-Feb-56||Nokie|
|Armchair Theatre||1957||TV||Escape to Happiness 09/06/1957||Eric Brandt|
|A Voice in Vision||1957||TV||18-Dec-57||John Logie Baird|
|Run to Earth||1958||TV||“Strange Neighbours” 11/02/1958||Archie Almond|
|Run to Earth||1958||TV||“Aunt Alexa” 18/02/1958||Archie Almond|
|Run to Earth||1958||TV||“Captain Gaunt’s Secret” 25/02/1958||Archie Almond|
|Run to Earth||1958||TV||“Discovery At Dunoon”||Archie Almond|
|Run to Earth||1958||TV||“Ninian McHarg” 11/03/1958||Archie Almond|
|French Without Tears||1958||TV||S1/Ep.12, 7 Jun 1958||Lord Heybrook|
|Brouhaha||1958||Stage||27 Aug 1958–28 Feb 1959||Pygmy|
|Room at the Top||1959||Film||Released 22 Jan 1959 (UK)||Raymond (office boy)|
|Judgement in Sunlight||1959||Stage||11-Jan-59||(Extra)|
|Ask for King Billy||1959||TV||S1/Ep.4, 24 Nov 1959||Lanky Graham|
|A Holiday Abroad||1960||TV||S5/Ep.23, 12 Feb 1960||(Schoolboy)|
|Sheep’s Clothing||1960||TV||S1/Ep.2, 25 Sep 1960||Dan|
|Sheep’s Clothing||1960||TV||S1/Ep.3, 2 Oct 1960||Dan|
|Sheep’s Clothing||1960||TV||S1/Ep.4, 9 Oct 1960||Dan|
|The Zoo Story||1963||Stage||Jerry|
|Moytura||1963||Stage||24 Sep–6 Oct 1963||Tethra Irish god of war|
|Down at Flannery’s||1963||TV||Autumn 1963||?|
|Tolka Row||1964||TV||S1/Ep.3, 17 Jan 1964||Jim “Beardie” Toomey|
|Tolka Row||1964||TV||S1/Ep.15, 10 Apr 1964||Jim “Beardie” Toomey|
|Tolka Row||1964||TV||S1/Ep.16, 17 Apr 1964||Jim “Beardie” Toomey|
|Tolka Row||1964||TV||S1/Ep.20, 15 May 1964||Jim “Beardie” Toomey|
|Tolka Row||1964||TV||S1/Ep.22, 29 May 1964||Jim “Beardie” Toomey|
|Sir Buccaneer||1964||Stage||28-Sep-64||Sir Peregrine|
Andy Irvine is a true legend of the Irish music scene, and he returns to Brunswick with his new CD, PARACHILNA, for a show at The Spotted Mallard on February 20, 2014. Andy will be supported by the wonderful Bill Jackson Trio – Bill Jackson, Pete Fidler and Ruth Hazleton – in another star-studded night at the best live-music venue in town.
“Andy is one of the most creative and talented people it has ever been my privilege to work with. Great company, superb singer, genius of a musician, truly original songwriter and an inspiration to all of us – what more could anyone ask?” – Dick Gaughan
Andy Irvine is a true legend of the Irish music scene; when barely twenty one and already an ardent follower of Woody Guthrie, Andy arrived in Dublin from London in the early sixties to immerse himself in a whole new world of folk and traditional music Dublin style. By the end of the decade he had made an album with his first serious band Sweeney’s Men, travelled in Bulgaria and Romania and on returning to Dublin with three other like-minded young musicians formed the legendary band Planxty. The band’s first album was released in 1972 and is widely acknowledged one of the most important albums ever released in the genre. Planxty went on to record another six brilliant albums, the individual members on to form numerous other well-known bands, and in Andy’s case Mosaic, Patrick Street and Mozaik. Throughout his career, he has worked with many of the great names in Irish and European music, working solo and over the years with his long time friend and brilliant multi instrumentalist from Holland Rens van der Zalm. Like his hero Woody Guthrie, Andy never tires of the road, a singer of exceptional skills, brilliant instrumentalist, composer, arranger and true believer, he’s just released his latest album, PARACHILNA recorded his musical companion Rens van der Zalm.
Parachilna is the name of a tiny town between the desert and the Flinders Range mountains in South Australia where Andy recorded much of the new CD during a wonderful journey in the Australian Outback in 2012 with his musical companion Rens van der Zalm. As a frequent visitor to Australia over the last 30 years, Andy has always been very interested in Australian folk music and has wanted to make an Australian album. This is nearly it: the songs are a mixture of Irish and Australian.
Bill Jackson is one of Australia’s finest songwriters within the country folk genre. Think Dylan, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt all wrapped up in his most recent release – the critically acclaimed ‘Jerilderie’. His previous full-length release ‘Steel & Bone’ was awarded Folk Alliance Australia ‘Radio Presenters Album of the Year’ in 2008 and he was invited to tour the US alternative country hotspots later that same year with Peter Fidler & Ruth Hazleton.
Most of his songs are co-written with his brother Ross and have been described as engaging, plainspoken and articulate – songs about Hank, Morphine, High Country Lovers and our shared common experiences. His music hints at country folk fringe roots with sparse arrangements, darkly-drawn images and lyrics that cast deep impressions.
BILL JACKSON: guitar, vocals | PETE FIDLER: dobro, lap steel, mandolin, guitar | RUTH HAZLETON: banjo, guitar, vocals
“You could be sitting in your Camry, stuck on the Western Ring Road, but pop Bill Jackson’s latest into the CD player and you could be cruising the open road with nothing but time and nowhere particular to be.” – Jeff Glorfel, Melbourne Age
“Bill Jackson is not your typical Aussie folkie. He could be from Austin or Charlottesville or Nashville. He writes songs which transcend place and time and while folk in basis, step beyond.” – Frank Gutch Jnr
(Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange)
If anyone has any lyrics we’re missing & would like to submit them it would be a big help!
To the best of my knowledge Andy’s contributions to Sweeney’s Men, Planxty & Mozaik are complete. Solo works, Collaborations & Patrick Street sections need some love, but they are filling out nicely.
(corrections to incorrect lyrics are also welcome!)
FOLK musician, Andy Irvine, has called his latest album Parachilna, after a country town in south Australia. It is a collaboration with Rens Van Der Zalm, of the band, Mozaik, and was recorded during a road-trip through the Outback in the bitter winter of July 2012.
The ten tracks were recorded in historic woolsheds, shearers’ quarters and abandoned schoolhouses.
Irvine, the founding member of seminal folk bands such as Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, Patrick Street and Mozaik, is touring Australia and New Zealand until March. He says of the record’s genesis. “We made a decision, Rens and myself, to travel to the Outback and make the album. And it is what it is,” he says. “I’ve been playing with Rens for about 30 years or so, and we had a repertoire and we learned a few more songs. The album is half-and-half (Irish and Australian songs) and we recorded 15 or 16 tracks. So we still have four or five out there, so maybe we’ll make another album next year. But the actual journey was more important that the recording.”
Despite a career spanning 50 years, Irvine is not slowing down. He loves the road and the travelling. “I’ve been coming to Australia for about 30 years and I really love it, because of its size. I have this mad thing about driving long distances. I should have been a long-distance driver really,” he says. “I enjoy the travel, the journey, the change of scenery — just the whole thing of travelling is so important to me. I’m lucky I can do it. I bought a Land Cruiser some years ago, in Perth, and I drove it back to Melbourne. It took me a week and I just loved it.”
While recording Parachilna in the wilderness, Irvine and Van Der Zalm camped, and kept warm by building fires out of old railway sleepers.
Luxury was not an option on this trip and Irvine reveals some of the hardships. “The days were rarely warm and the nights were bitterly cold. ‘Dressing for bed’ involved putting on a thermal vest, thermal leggings, thick socks, being fully dressed with a woollen coat, woolly hat and warm gloves,” he says.
Even so, Irvine is preparing to explore Australia’s vastness once more, in the near future.
“We’re planning another trip later this year,” he says excitedly, in the manner of a schoolboy about to embark on a lifetime adventure. “I was just sitting here with a couple of friends, wondering where we will go. It’s such a big country that it takes you a week to get to the place you want to be and another week to get back.”
As part of this antipodean tour, which began in December and continues until mid-March, Irvine has played to audiences big and small.
“I’ve just done a festival in Illawarra, which is about 80km south of Sydney. It was great,” he says.
“It’s such a lovely festival. I have a following and they come to my gigs and that’s good enough for me. If I had a few more thousand people, I’d be a bit richer,” he laughs, “but I love the people who love me.”
When the musical troubadour returns in the spring, he has a full schedule of gigs in Ireland, the UK and the US, before returning to Australia once more.
Andy Irvine’s new CD, Parachilna, is out now and he plays a series of solo Irish gigs in March to promote it. Further information: www.andyirvine.com