Month: February 2017

Archive: 10th Jan 2002 – Italian Keltika Magazine Interview

10th Jan 2002Italian Keltika Magazine

Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, Patrick Street: three of the most important groups in the history of Irish music of there last decades, and you have been part of all three groups: what did they give to you, what do you think you gave them, and more, what does remain, today, in your music, of those experiences?

Sweeney’s Men was my first band. It was almost of first time that I had played with other musicians, having been a fairly solitary individual up to then. It was a great thrill to play with Johnny Moynihan and Joe Dolan and later Terry Woods. We shared our ideas and ideals. Planxty took this on further and my favourite music is the music we played on our last three albums. As musicians we had evolved together and had opened up the parameters a bit. I am still playing with Patrick Street and still enjoying ti thoroughly. Much as I enjoy playing solo, I get a great buzz out of Patrick Street these days. We have a new CD almost ready. 

I have always looked at you as a great “cantastorie” (the Italian term for “storyteller”), someway as a 20th (and now 21st..) century bard. Do you recognise yourself in such a description? Any your opinion about it….

 I see myself as a troubadour, yes. In my song writing I try to write songs about brave people who have become footnotes in History but should be better remembered. My greatest success is when someone comes up to me after a concert and says “I’m so glad you sang that song about……(could be Raoul Wallenberg, Michael Davitt, Tom Barker) I had never heard of that story and it made me very interested”.  (more…)


Soundings Podcast: Episode 13


About Soundings

Soundings is a live event series originating in Ireland, expanding to the UK in 2015 and the USA in 2016, with an associated podcast series distributed globally via iTunes and other platforms. Hosted by Dylan Haskins and Lisa Hannigan, Soundings is about the exchange of stories, songs and adventures.

For more information or bookings contact Dylan and Lisa at:

 Podcast – Soundings 13: Holy Trinity – the Lion, the Animator and the Troubadour | soundings


Podcast – Soundings 13: Holy Trinity – the Lion, the Animator and the Troubadour

In this second episode of our new Soundings Holy Trinity series, Dylan and Lisa are joined by former Ireland and Lions rugby hall-of-famer Willie Duggan, Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon co-founder Tomm Moore, traditional music pioneer Andy Irvine and two-time winner of the Choice Music Prize Richie Egan aka JAPE.

Recorded live in the Long Gallery of Kilkenny Castle during Kilkenny Tradfest, we hear about the unique timbre of the cistern in O’Donoghue’s pub, what part of his anatomy Andy Irvine was willing to give up to skip a maths test, the more practical considerations of being an Oscar nominee, when not to take Morgan Freeman’s advice and why it’s a bad idea to hold a cigarette for Willie Duggan before an international rugby game.

 Soundings Holy Trinity

Good storytelling is all about light and dark. In this live show-come-podcast episode, Dylan and Lisa are joined by a Holy Trinity of guests who share their three stories to inspire, to alarm and to humour. The show happens in three sections and each section features live performance of songs on those same themes from our music guest. Soundings Holy Trinity is a show for the curious, the serious and the hilarious

Listen to this show and get notified about future shows by subscribing to Soundings on iTunes here.


Our guests for this show:

Tomm Moore

Tomm Moore is co-Founder and Creative director of Academy Award ® and OSCAR ® nominated studio Cartoon Saloon. Based in Kilkenny their recent productions include The Secret of Kells and The Song of The Sea. Over the company’s history, he has worked as Director, Art Director, Storyboarder, Animator and Illustrator.

Andy Irvine

From Sweeney’s Men in the mid 1960s and the enormously successful Planxty in the 1970s, Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians. As a soloist, he fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie.

Willie Duggan

It’s 40 years since Kilkenny business owner Willie Duggan first ran onto the rugby pitch wearing the green number 8 jersey. Capped 45 times for Ireland and the British & Irish Lions, Willie is Hall of Famer in international rugby. He’s also one of the greatest characters the game has known, described as the Scarlet Pimpernel of Irish rugby because he was so hard to find for training!


Jape is a musical project from Richard Egan, an Irish Musician living in Malmo, Sweden. As well as song writing, Richie does a lot of remixes and bass playing. Jape released his fifth album This Chemical Sea in 2015 and is the only artist to have won the Choice Music Prize twice.

Andy & Luke on ABC Radio National’s The Music Show


Andy Irvine was born in London of Irish roots. His career has taken him from traditional Irish and English folk songs to traditional music of Bulgaria, Greece and Hungary and the latter changed his output forever. From his early Irish folk days with Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Donal Lunny, Andy’s helped turn the sound of folk music from an unaccompanied form to include bazouki’s, gaida’s and the kaval, but always resisting drum kits and bass guitar. He’s in for a live set with mandolinist Luke Plumb.

Music played live in this segment:
Farewell to Kellswater (Trad. Sam Henry collection)
Frank Ryan (comp. Irvine)

abc-radio-melbourne-andy-lukePerformed on bass mandola and mandolins by Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb

Producer: Penny Lomax


FEB – MAR 2017 – Tour Updates

His return from touring Australia with Luke Plumb sees Andy appearing throughout Feb & March 2017. Shows include Solo performance, w/ Donal Lunny & Usher’s Island.


for Friends of the International Brigades in Ireland

Fri  17.  International Solidarity Concert
at the Pilar Bardem Theatre, Rivas-Vaciamadrid

Sat  18.  International Freedom Fiesta
at the Pilar Bardem Theatre, Rivas-Vaciamadrid


Fri  24.  The Milford Room at Seven Oak Hotel
Athy Road, Carlow
Doors 8.30pm / Stage 9pm
Tickets: €20 available from Seven Oak Hotel  or Online Booking

MARCH 2017


Fri    3.  Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire  w/ Dónal Lunny
Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
8pm  Tickets: €23/€21  Booking Online
Booking info: +353 (0)1 231 2929   Email

Sun   5.  Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
Temple Street, Sligo
Doors 7.30pm / Stage 8pm
Tickets: €18
Booking info: +353 (0)71 916 1518   Email

Sat  11.  Nenagh Arts Centre
Banba Square, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Doors 8pm / Stage 8.30pm
Tickets: €20 / €9 under 16’s
Booking info: +353 (0)67 34400   Email

USHER’S ISLAND Gigs in Paris and Ireland

w/ Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Mike McGoldrick and John Doyle

Wed  15.  Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

Thur 16.  Les Bords de Scènes, Juvisy

Fri   17.  Kilkenny Tradfest @Watergate Theatre
Parliament St, Kilkenny
Doors 7pm / Stage 7.30pm
Tickets: €25  Online Booking

Sat  18.  Live at St. Luke’s, Cork
St. Luke’s Former Church, Summerhill North, Cork
Doors 7.30pm / Stage 8pm
Tickets: €28+Booking fee   Online Booking

Sun 19.  Vicar Street, Dublin
58 Thomas Street, Dublin 2
Tickets: €35   Online Booking


Planxty – The Peel Sessions

The legendary DJ John Peel was the first to play them on UK radio and he remained a lifelong supporter of their music.

Peel was impressed enough by Planxty to have them do three sessions for his shows in 1972-73. They also did many folk shows for the BBC and the B-side of their first single, the instrumental “Sí Beag, Sí Mór”, became a lasting favourite of Bob Harris. Like the Chieftains, they were an influence on the many Irish folk bands who emerged in the 1970s, some of whom did sessions for Peel. There were also session appearances by Paul Brady (as a solo artist) and Matt Molloy and Dónal Lunny (with the Bothy Band).

The most famous former member of Planxty is Christy Moore, who has enjoyed a long and successful solo career, although he never did a solo session for Peel. However, during a concert in April 2016 he paid tribute to the DJ, and to his colleague Terry Wogan :

“That’s our new single and you’ll be lucky to hear that on the radio as no one would play that nowadays as Terry Wogan is no longer around. The other one who would have played it was John Peel. When no one was taking any notice of Planxty he played our songs and then he asked us in for a session in 1972 and then it all went mad! So three Hail Marys for John Peel and God bless Terry Wogan.”



Three sessions. No known commercial release.

Dates below for #2 session taken from Ken Garner The Peel Sessions, sessionography, p319, but do not appear to match 1973 show listings on p213-4.


24/07/1972 – Planxty

  • TX- 08/08/1972
  • Producer- John Walters
  • Engineer -Unknown
  • Studio- Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue

Recorded: 1972-07-DD. First broadcast: 08 August 1972. Repeated:

  • Planxty Irwin
  • Merrily Kiss The Quaker
  • West Coast Of Clare
  • The Raggle Taggle Gypsy
  • Christy Moore (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonium, Bodhran)
  • Donal Lunny (Bouzouki)
  • Liam Og Flynn (Pipes)
  • Andy Irvine (Mandolin, Vocals)

28/02/1973 – Planxty

  • TX- 12/03/1973
  • Producer- Pete Ritzema
  • Engineer -Unknown
  • Studio- Langham 1

Recorded: 1973-02-28. First broadcast: 12 March 1973. Repeated: 14 May 1973.

  • Cunla
  • Bean Phaidin
  • The Hare In The Corn
  • The Rambles Of Kitty
  • & Two Reels (first broadcast 14/5/73 repeat)
  • Christy Moore (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonium, Bodhran)
  • Donal Lunny (Bouzouki)
  • Liam Og Flynn (Pipes)
  • Andy Irvine (Mandolin, Vocals)

15/10/1973 – Planxty

  • TX- 06/11/1973
  • Producer- John Walters
  • Engineer -Unknown
  • Studio- Studio T1, Transcription Service, Kensington House, Shepherd’s Bush

Recorded: 1973-10-15. First broadcast: 06 November 1973. Repeated:

  • Bean Phaidin
  • Kid On The Mountain/Fishbuck
  • As I Rowed Out (1)
  • As I Rowed Out (2)
  • Christy Moore (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonium, Bodhran)
  • Donal Lunny (Bouzouki)
  • Liam Og Flynn (Pipes)
  • Andy Irvine (Mandolin, Vocals)

Other Shows Played

(This list is incomplete – please add any missing info)