Having a Gael Ol’ Time : Irish Folkie Andy Irvine, Who’ll Be in O.C., Likes His Life as It Is
April 19, 1991|MIKE BOEHM | TIMES STAFF WRITER
Andy Irvine had an invitation to join the British folk-rock boom of the early 1970s, but his own musical inclinations left him otherwise engaged.
Instead, Irvine, who plays a solo concert Monday at Shade Tree Stringed Instruments in Laguna Niguel, has been content to spend the last 20-odd years exploring new possibilities within the Irish folk tradition.
Speaking from Dublin over the phone recently, Irvine recalled how the promise of rock stardom–or at least something resembling it–presented itself in the late ’60s. He had been playing in a traditional Irish group called Sweeney’s Men when Ashley Hutchings, a founding member of Fairport Convention, proposed merging with Irvine’s group to form a new, rock-oriented folk band.
“We looked at the possibilities of it and decided against it, and (the notion of playing rock music) never came up again,” Irvine said. “I always had difficulties with a drummer. A rock drummer lays down a very specific beat, and it’s hard to get away from.” (more…)