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.
Andy has featured on the BBC’s recent Transatlantic Sessions Series 6. Andy sang & played 3 tracks which are now available on DVD & CD.
Tracklist for the series can be seen below.
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.