Month: January 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: PLANXTY- ‘Between The Jigs And The Reels: A Retrospective’ (2017)


The word ‘legend’ gets chucked around with wild abandon these days but no other word seems fit to accompany an article on a band that truly were ground breaking and have gone onto have an everlasting effect on Irish music. Put together by Planxty themselves this is the ultimate retrospective of their music coming, as it does, with a DVD featuring over two hours of previously unreleased performances.


Forty five years after Planxty formed back in January 1972 comes Between The Jigs And The Reels – A Retrospective. The band was made up of Christy Moore (vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhrán), Andy Irvine (vocals, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy, harmonica), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitars, bodhrán, keyboards) and Liam O’Flynn (uilleann pipes, tin whistle). They released six studio albums starting with Planxty in 1973 and following with The Well Below the Valley (1973), Cold Blow and the Rainy Night (1974), After the Break (1979), The Woman I Loved So…

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Fan Story: To Jack, All my best wishes, Andy Irvine

28th October 2016 – at Doncaster Catholic Club, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BY

Andy Irvine + Tom Fletcher

Jack got in touch with us after meeting Andy at a gig back in Oct. ’16.

“Photo of me and Andy tonight”

“I sat with him for a good hour and had a chat”

“Also he signed a copy of Abocurragh for me”


Got a story? Get in touch: @andyirvinnews

Setlist: 22/Jan/17 – Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb

22 Jan 2017 – Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb Setlist at Kindlehill Performance Space, Wentworth Falls, NSW , Australia


A Prince Among Men
You Rambling Boys Of Pleasure
I’m Champion at Keeping ’em Rolling (Ewan MacColl)
The Close Shave (Bob Bickerton)
As I Roved Out
The Death Of Ben Hall
The Plains Of Kildare
Farewell to Kellswater
My Heart’s Tonight in Ireland
The Blacksmith / Black Smithereens
Never Tire of the Road


MAR & APR 2017 – Tour in JAPAN with Dónal Lunny


Never Ending World Tour in Japan 2017
– Songs & Tunes from Ireland –



Tour in JAPAN with Dónal Lunny

3月25日(土)  福岡 Voodoo Lounge
福岡市中央区舞鶴1-8-38  第19ラインビル 4F
開場 18:00 / 開演 19:00
チケット 前売 ¥5,000 / 当日 ¥5,500

問合せ 092-732-4662  Email
3月26日(日)  岐阜 美濃加茂市文化会館 “Minokamo Irish Music Festa 2017” ゲスト出演
開場 16:30 / 開演 17:00
問合せ 0574-25-1108

3月28日(火)  大阪 GANZ toi, toi, toi
大阪市北区西天満5-13-7 近江ビル B1
開場 18:00 / 開演 19:00
チケット 前売 ¥5,000 / 当日 ¥5,500
問合せ 06-6366-5515  Email

3月29日(水)  名古屋 得三
名古屋市千種区今池1-6-8 ブルースタービル 2F
開場 18:00 / 開演 19:00
チケット 前売 ¥5,000 / 当日 ¥5,500 (2/4発売)
問合せ 052-733-3709  Email
チケットぴあ:Pコード:323-051 / 0570-02-9999
ローソンチケット:Lコード:43837 / 0570-084-004

3月31日(金)  京都 磔磔
開場 18:00 / 開演 19:00
チケット 前売 ¥5,000 / 当日 ¥5,500
問合せ 075-351-1321  Email

4月2日(日)   東京 晴れたら空に豆まいて (ゲスト:John John Festival)
東京都渋谷区代官山町20-20 モンシェリー代官山 B2
開場 18:00 / 開演 19:00
チケット 前売 ¥5,000 / 当日 ¥5,500
問合せ 03-5456-8880  Email

4月3日(月)   横浜 THUMBS UP (ゲスト:John John Festival)
横浜市西区南幸2-1-22 相鉄Movil 3F
開場 18:00 / 開演 19:00
チケット 前売 ¥5,000 / 当日 ¥5,500
問合せ 045-314-8705  Email


Tour in JAPAN with Dónal Lunny

Sat  25 MAR.  The Voodoo Lounge, Fukuoka
1-8-38 Maizuru, Chuou-ku, Fukuoka City
Booking info: +81 (0)92-732-4662   Email

Sun 26 MAR.  Minokamo City Culture Hall, Gifu
“Minokamo Irish Music Festa 2017” as Guest
2-5-27 Shima-cho, Minokamo city, Gifu
Booking info: +81 (0)574-25-1108    Email

Tue 28 MAR.  Ganz toi, toi, toi, Osaka
5-13-7 Nishi-Tenma, Kita-ku, Osaka city
Booking info: +81 (0)6-6366-5515   Email

Wed  29 MAR.  Tokuzo, Nagoya
Blue Star Building 2F, 1-6-8 Imaike, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya city
Booking info: +81 (0)52-733-3709   Email

Fri   31 MAR.  Taku Taku, Kyoto
Tominokouji Bukkouji Sagaru, Simogyo-ku, Kyoto city
Booking info: +81 (0)75-351-1321   Email

Sun  2 APR.  Haretara Sora-ni Mame Maite, Tokyo  w/ John John Festival
20-20 Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 3pm

Sun  2 APR.  Haretara Sora-ni Mame Maite, Tokyo  w/ John John Festival
20-20 Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 7pm
Booking info: +81 (0)3-5456-8880   Email

Mon 3 APR.  THUMBS UP, Yokohama  w/ John John Festival
Soutetsu Movil 3F,  2-1-22 Minami-saiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama city
Booking info: +81 (0)45-314-8705   Email

[Donal Lunny Website]

[Andy Irvine Website]

[John John Festival Website]

Mid Tour Update from Luke Plumb

Howdy Folks!

So, back after weekend number three of the 6 week(end) tour with Andy Irvine. Up til now we have been focused on three festivals – Woodford, Cygnet and Illawarra – with Andy taking in a couple solo shows in between.

It really is a marvel that these events happen as smoothly as they do for the sheer size of the logistics involved in running and managing the catalogue of artists, venues, volunteers and stallholders. It’s a Herculean feat and hats off to those brave individuals who come together to pull it off.

It feels like we’re really hitting a stride in this last batch of gigs and i’m genuinely excited for how the sound will further develop over the next 3 weekends. We have gigs in and around Sydney this weekend, Newstead festival the week following and to wrap the tour up a handful of shows in and around Melbourne.

The official launch of the album “Precious Heroes” at the Spotted Mallard will definitely be a highlight as Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton will be joining us – what a thrill!

More soon, lots of news but I’m seizing the moments where I can….