Month: November 2014

Introducing: Usher’s Island

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Usher’s Island

Named after one of the medieval quays along the River Liffey in Dublin, Usher’s Island is a brand-new supergroup uniting two generations of trailblazing Irish musicians, performing here together for the very first time.

The revered figures of Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Paddy Glackin link the band’s heritage right back to the glory days of Planxty, the Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Mozaik and other seminal boundary-crossers, while two of today’s leading heirs to these pioneering artists, Mike McGoldrick and John Doyle, contribute their vast experience of contemporary Celtic and other international roots styles.

Source: www.celticconnections.com

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Transatlantic Sessions – Series 6

Andy has featured on the BBC’s recent Transatlantic Sessions Series 6. Andy sang & played 3 tracks which are now available on DVDCD.

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Tracklist for the series can be seen below.

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ANDY IRVINE – 70th Birthday Concert @Vicar Street – CD Review by Folk All

Andy Irvine is without doubt one of the most respected, prolific and talented folk musicians to come out of Ireland, and as he reached 70 to mark the milestone he decided to put on a two night show in Dublin surrounded by a gathering of impressive musicians from his past and present.
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24 Hour Repair…

Here’s an nice piece on Andy’s instrument repair by master luthier S. Sobell. Very interesting, Worth a look for the picture of Andy in his socks alone! 🙂

24 Hour Repair…

Luthiers can be slow getting round to things in general and repairs in particular. There’s an apocryphal story (which could certainly apply to me) about a builder who does ‘repairs while you wait

……and wait……and wait……’

My first guitar bouzouki was designed for Andy Irvine in 1988 and he’s still playing it. It’s had a hard life. It suffered from air travel very early on, bouncing around in an unpadded case and suffering multiple soundboard cracks. Amazingly, with a little glue run in to close these up it’s not only survived the subsequent years of constant travelling and hard use, it’s also still sounding wonderful. But one side of the lower bout was seriously damaged some time ago and had been held together with gaffer tape for months (years?) and really needed attention.

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Irelands Water – ANDY IRVINE JUST SIGNED THIS PETITION ON CHANGE.ORG

2,076 signatures are still needed!
ANDY IRVINE JUST SIGNED THIS PETITION ON CHANGE.ORG.