Month: February 2015

Andy Irvine: Calendar Updates Mar-May 2015

SOLO GIGS in Ireland

MARCH  2015

Thur  12.  Mill Theatre, Dundrum
               Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 16
               Box Office: 01 296 9340


APRIL   2015

Tue   7.  Dartford Folk Club, Dartford
at Dartford Working Men’s Club, Essex Road, DA1 2AU
Info: +44 (0)1322 222553   Email

Wed  8.  Warthog Promotions, Lowdham
at The Old Ship Inn, Main Street, Lowdham  NG14 7BE
Info: +44 (0)1159 663596

Thur  9.  Redbourn Folk Club, Redbourn
at The Hollybush Pub
Church End, Redbourn, Hertfordshire  AL3 7DU
Info: +44 (0)1582 793164   Email

Fri   10.  The Ram Club, Thames Ditton
at The Old Cranleighans Rugby Club
Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey  KT7 0HB
Info: +44 (0)208 686 9421   Email

Sat 11.  Kalamazoo Klub, London
at The Great Northern Railway Tavern
67 High Street, Hornsey  N8 7QB
Info: +44 (0)208 1276 632

Sun 12.  Walthamstow Folk Club, London
at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub
55 Hoe Street, Walthamstow  E17 4SA
Info: +44 (0)7740 612 607   Email

Mon 13. Nettlebed Folk Song Club, Henley on Thames
at The Village Club
High Street, Nettlebed, nr Henly on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 5DD
Info: +44 (0)1628 636 620

Tue 14.  Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, Westcliff-on-Sea
at The Royal British Legion
7/9 Northview Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea  SS0 9NG
Info: +44 (0)1702 715 111

Wed 15.  Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham
Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham  B14 7LY

Thur 16.  Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne  NE1 4SG
Info: +44 (0)191 261 0384

Fri   17.  Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Peebles
Eastgate, Peebles  EH45 8AD
Box Office: +44 (0)1721 725 777   Email

Sat  18.  Milngavie Folk Club, Milngavie
Fraser Centre, Douglas Street, Milngavie  G62 6PE
Online Tickets

Sun 19.  Crafts and Things, Glencoe
Glencoe, Argyll  PH49 4HN
Info: +44 (0)1855 811 325   Email

Tue  21.  Edinburgh House Concert

Wed 22.  Buccleuch Centre, Langholm
Buccleuch Place, Langholm  DG13 0AW
Box Office: +44 (0)13873 81196   Email

Thur 23.  Black Swan Folk Club, York
at Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green, York  YO1 7PR
Info: +44 (0)1904 632 922   Email

Fri   24.  Clifford Events, Sheffield
at The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield  S11 7BS
Info: +44 (0)794 136 1510   Email

Sat  25.  RNCM – Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
124 Oxford Road, Manchester  M13 9RD
Info: +44 (0)161 907 5200   Email

Wed 29.  Emsworth – tbc –

MAY   2015

Fri    1.  The Milkmaid Folk Club, Bury St Edmunds
at The Constitutional Club
 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk  IP33 1PR

Sat  2.  Bristol Folk Festival, Bristol
at St George’s, Great George Street (off Park Street), Bristol  BS1 5RR

Sun 3.  Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester
School Lane, The Grove, Dorchester, Dorset  DT1 1XR
Box Office: +44 (0)1305 266 926   Email

via Andy Irvine: Calendar.


Andy Irvine is still going strong into his seventies | Irish Examiner

Thursday, February 05, 2015

By Gerry Quinn

HE MAY have been 72 by the time it hit the record stores, but Gerry Quinn says musician Andy Irvine is justifiably proud of the CD and DVD of his 70th birthday concerts in Dublin’s Vicar St.

For the recording, the indomitable folk-singer brought together, over two nights, bands and performers with whom he has been associated to perform a pair of remarkable gigs.

The concept was to gather the various bands of which Irvine has been a member, starting with Sweeney’s Men. This was a trio that comprised Andy, Johnny Moynihan and Terry Woods. “Next up was one of my favourite bands, Mozaik, featuring Dónal Lunny, Rens van der Zalm, Bruce Molsky and Nikola Parov. Then, we had the incomparable Paul Brady, who was in fantastic form over the two nights,” says Irvine. “I’ve never seen him as ebullient. Paul is ebullient at the best of times, but he was super-ebullient on those nights.”

Featured on the Vicar St recordings are rousing versions of ‘Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore’ and ‘Mary and the Soldier’, both originally heard on Irvine and Brady’s seminal album from 1976, Andy Irvine and Paul Brady. LAPD, a quartet of Irvine, Lunny, Paddy Glackin and Liam O’Flynn closed out the concerts on both evenings.

“Unfortunately, LAPD is no more,” says Irvine. “We have changed into Usher’s Island, which is a new band that Dónal, Paddy and myself have formed with Mike McGoldrick and John Doyle — I might even have a 75th birthday bash,” he laughs.

Brought up in London, with an Irish mother from Co Antrim, Irvine began as an actor with the BBC Radio Rep, before coming to Dublin in 1962. “When I came to Ireland, I discovered a whole bunch of people — a whole kind of society of people who were into the same kind of music I was into. But, also, they had the same attitude as me to society and life. I hadn’t come across anything like that before. In London, there weren’t many people I could feel that content with, the way O’Donoghue’s became the centre of my world.”

Irvine is referring to the famed music pub on Dublin’s Merrion Row. On the album’s liner notes, he writes: “It was my epiphany and I spent my days and nights there, following the musical track that has led me onwards ever since.”

His epic song, ‘O’Donoghue’s’, is one of the many fine tracks featured. “But I’m not sure it conveys the excitement and the thrill of almost discovering a new planet,” he says. “When I came over first, I hung out in Neary’s on Chatham Street. I was an actor and that’s where the actors were to be found. But when I went to O’Donoghue’s, I immediately abandoned Neary’s. I continued to act, because it was the only way I had of making a living.

“But in O’Donoghue’s I was immediately made welcome by Paddy O’Donoghue. There were lovely people there, who welcomed me and excited me and entertained me. I was never made to feel happier in my whole life that in that bar in the early 1960s,” says Irvine.

Irvine’s proclivity for touring and travelling is legendary. But has his wanderlust diminished in recent years?“I would love to say it has, but it hasn’t,” he says. Recent gigs with Sweeney’s Men have been followed by more rehearsing and gigging with Usher’s Island. There are also plans for a new album by Mozaik, followed by further concerts.

“All this stuff is happening and it’s fantastic. I’m 72 and I’m still right in the middle of some of the best music available,” says Irvine.

Andy Irvine’s 70th Birthday Concert At Vicar Street 2012, featuring Sweeney’s Men, Mozaik, LAPD, Andy Irvine and Paul Brady, is out now. See

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