Month: November 2016

Update from Andy: Gigs with Lunny & RTE Radio Appearance

 I'm just coming to the end of a long, long tour of UK and Germany. 43 gigs in 59 days. It's been great but the number of kilometres driven would astonish ....even me! Have day off today!
Under some pressure to publicise forthcoming gigs with Donal Lunny!! 
We are playing THE MAGISTORIUM in South Anne Street in Dublin on 1st December and would love to see a full house! Ditto for FOXFORD WOOLEN MILLS on December 3rd. While I'm at it, tune into RTE on November 30th at 4pm and hear us playing a couple of songs and talking about the latest Planxty release. More happening the following week but I'll give this a rest for the moment.

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Andy Irvine: Songs & Words of Resistance


Tickets available from or at

Doors and refreshments from 7pm.

All money raised will be put towards the Workers’ Party’s continued campaigns for public housing, decent work and the repeal of the 8th amendment in 2017.


Who’s playing?
Andy Irvine has been hailed as “a tradition in himself”. Musician, singer and songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his 45-year career. From Sweeney’s Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s and then from Patrick Street to Andy Irvine & Dónal Lunny’s Mozaik, Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.

Mick Blake is a singer, songwriter, musician and activist from Co. Leitrim, who has risen to prominence through the songs and videos he has created about austerity in Ireland over the past decade. Most recently, his song ‘Oblivious,’ about the cracks and flaws in Ireland‘s political system, has been recorded by Christy Moore for his latest album ‘Lily.’ Mick will perform his songs accompanied on the night by videos of Ireland’s struggle against austerity.

Dave Lordan is a renowned writer, teacher and editor and the first writer to have won all three of Ireland‘s national prizes for young poets. Necessary Fiction named him “the most intransigently indefinable, and indispensable, of contemporary writers”, while the Irish Times found his work to be “as brilliant on the page as it must surely be in performance”. He is the founder and editor of ‘Bogman’s Cannon.”


Woody Guthrie by Andy Irvine – Folk magazine vol. 1, no. 4 (1968)


Folk magazine vol. 1, no. 4 (1968)


RTÉ Review: Planxty – Between the Jigs and the Reels

Updated / Nov. 21, 2016 11:51

Planxty: a delightful retrospective CD just released with accompanying DVD.

Planxty: a delightful retrospective CD just released with accompanying DVD.

Reviewer score
Audience score


The CD consists of 17 tracks drawn from the handful of studio albums, beginning with Christy’s inimitable version of Norman Blake’s True Love Knows No Season (Billy Gray) and ending with Timedance, the Eurovison interval music in 1981, when Dublin hosted the event following Johnny Logan’s win the previous year.
This is gently understated music from another era, carefully arranged with an ear for variety. Liam O’Flynn’s pipes come in on two different breaks, over Donal  Lunny and Andy Irvine’s delicate tracery of mandolin and bouzouki and odd spurts of harmonica.Irvine’s wisftul ballad, Baneasa’s Green Glade, recalls the song-writer’s days travelling in Eastern Europe in the late sixties. Indeed it prompted your reviewer to check on Google as to where Băneasa actually is located. Up comes an ad for Băneasa Shopping City, an up-market mall, near Bucharest, in stark contrast to the leafy glade and pastoral scene evoked by Andy. One discovers further that Băneasa was sparsely populated with great spaces of parkland before luxury apartment developments ten years ago. Andy must have been singing about the parkland. . .Si Bheag Si Mhor, Follow up to Carlow, The Well Below the Valley are all here, all imperishably great. The Well Below the Valley features Christy’s solo voice with studry bodhrán accompaniment, and multi-tracked tin whistles and pipes as the song draws to a close. Junior Crehan’s Favourite is as fresh as a May morning in the eponymous musician’s own County Clare.

Junior Crehan’s Favourite is paired with Corney is Coming, as Christy’s bodhrán gives the latter tune propulsion and heft. Andy’s The West Coast of Clare is heart-breaking, a sad song remebering great times, a dark canvas of lost love.

There is an organic credibility about the early material, and no sense of post-production, just the expertly- woven wool of the music. An appealing instrumental, Accidentals – new to these ears  – is paired with Andy’s sensitive reading of  Aragon Mill, a lament for lost industry from the pen of American singer-songwriter and social activist Si Kahn.

Timedance is pleasant and jazz-influenced but it is not core Planxty material. It’s more of a piece with Moving Hearts, the newly evolving band with Christy and Dónal on board. That said, the original Planxty line-up, as featured the first so-called `black’ album especially, were one of a kind who deserve to be re-discovered by every generation interested in Irish music.

Also included is a comprehensive DVD history, beginning with a 1972 Late Late Show appearance, featuring another classic Planxty number, Blacksmith (A blacksmith courted me . .) and concluding with a 1982 Festival Folk performance. Terrific stuff.

Paddy Kehoe

via RTÉ

May 2017 – Andy Irvine & Paul Brady 40th Anniversary Tour!

Andy Irvine & Paul Brady celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their eponymous Irish folk classic w/ a tour next year. tickets on sale Friday.

Featuring Donal Lunny & Kevin Burke.


MAY 2017

Andy Irvine & Paul Brady
40th Anniversary Tour in IRELAND
featuring Dónal Lunny & Kevin Burke

Fri    19.  Cork Opera House, Cork – SOLD OUT!
Emmet Place, Cork City
Box Office: +353 (0)21 427 0022

Sat   20.  Vicar Street, Dublin – SOLD OUT!
58 Thomas Street, Dublin 2

Sun   21.  Vicar Street, Dublin – SOLD OUT!
58 Thomas Street, Dublin 2

Mon  22.  Vicar Street, Dublin – ADDED
58 Thomas Street, Dublin 2

Thur 25.  Millennium Forum, Derry
Newmarket Street, Derry  BT48 6EB
Box Office: +44 (0)28 7126 4455

Fri    26.  University Concert Hall, Limerick
Box Office: +353 (0)61 331 549

Sat   27.  Black Box Theatre, Galway
Dyke Road, Galway
Box Office: +353 (0)91 569 777

Sun  28.  The Ulster Hall, Belfast – SOLD OUT!
34 Bedford Street, Belfast  BT2 7FF
Box Office: +44 (0)28 9033 4455

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