Month: March 2017

MusicTown 2017: Brady & Irvine: A Tribute



C8ApUwsXwAEkIU0Forty years ago, following the decline of Planxty, Paul Brady and Andy Irvine went into the studio to explore a fresh new collaboration. What came next was one of the most influential and iconic albums of folk song ever recorded on the island of Ireland. As a testament to the album’s lasting influence, MusicTown sees Dublin’s young, up and coming folk singers perform songs from the timeless record forty years after the fact.


Modern tribute to Irish Folk singer duo Brady and Irvine

In celebration of the 40-year existence of one of Ireland’s most iconic albums, Andy Irvine/Paul Brady, a tribute will be held at the Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin as part of MusicTown 2017, which runs from April 7 till April 17.

The Paul Brady/Andy Irvine duo brought forth some of the most influential albums ever recorded by Irish artists and, to mark 40th anniversary of Andy Irvine/Paul Brady, a special concert will be held.

The Dublin’s new generation folk singers and trad musicians will perform songs from the old Brady/Irvine record. The line-up will include Radie Peat and Ian Lynch of Lynched, Ye Vagabonds, Lisa O’Neill, Landless, John Flynn, Paddy Cummins and Macdara Yeates of Skipper’s Alley, Danny Diamond (Slow Moving Clouds, Mórga), Hajime Takahashi (Liam O’Brien, The Friel Sisters), and Saileog Ní Cheannabháin.


Tickets can be bought for 24 euros at

For more details about MusicTown 2017, go to: MusicTown2017




Archive: 30th Jul 2004 – RTÉ Radio Interview

Here is a short interview with Andy Irvine from an RTÉ Radio show 30th July 2004. Andy also sang three songs, Prince Among Men, O’Donoghues and Reynardine. Andy’s words in bold.

The first half of the show is music, music, music from Andy Irvine, who’s public debut was in ‘A Tale Of Five Cities’ but eventually he left the ‘star child thing’ and went on to discover skiffle and moved into music. The history has not been a very linear beginning, middle or end, so he is guarded that trend throughout his career. Many of the great bands and albums of the last 30 years have benefited from his great musicianship. Including Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, Patrick Street and now, the cross border, cross ocean Mozaik. Not even to mention ‘that’ album with Paul Brady. Andy Irvine joins me in the studio this morning.

A very, very warm welcome Andy Irvine.

A- Thanks Myles.

We’re going to hear a few pieces of music from you and we may as well start with one straight away. Your going to play a thing called ‘Prince Among Men’

A – Yeah, A Prince Among Men. I wrote it a few years ago. I met a man in Glasgow, who’s Father had been a coal miner and who had worked very hard to avoid his son going down the pit as well, so it is just that.

( sings song ) 

Thank you very much, terrific song. Prince Among Men from Andy Irvine. You were actually in the studio a few weeks ago with Planxty.

A – Yeah!  (more…)

Archive: 27th Feb 1987 – Interview with Kevin Burke (Patrick Street)

Patrick Street: The Pluck of the Irish

“Someone once said that the Chieftains are pre-Beatles Irish music,” says fiddler Kevin Burke, “and that our bands are post-Beatles Irish music. There’s an element of truth in that.”

The “our bands” that Burke is referring to are De Danann, Planxty and the Bothy Band, the three great progressive folk groups that blossomed in Ireland in the ’70s. Following the lead of Bob Dylan and the Byrds in America and Pentangle and Fairport Convention in England, these Irish bands revitalized folk traditions with the more aggressive rhythms and lyrics of the ’60s.

Unfortunately, the bands proved rather unstable. The Bothy Band broke up for good in 1979, while Planxty and De Danann have been on-again, off-again affairs with constant turnover. Now, however, four alumni of these bands have joined forces as a group called Patrick Street, in hopes of reviving the tradition of progressive Irish folk bands.

The founding members of Patrick Street are Kevin Burke from the Bothy Band, singer Andy Irvine from Planxty, accordionist Jackie Daly from De Danann and guitarist Arty McGlynn from Planxty. They have just released their self-titled debut album on Green Linnet Records.

[According to Burke,] “Planxty was very influenced by Woody Guthrie and Eastern European folk music.”

Burke grew up in London with a family from western Ireland. “At that time you could hear more traditional Irish music in London than in any town in Ireland,” he insists. “There was just so much of it, both around the house and in the pubs. Meanwhile, the popular music at school and around the neighborhood was rock ‘n’ roll. I kept them very separate in my head until I was 15 and started seeing the links.

“Someone gave me a Bob Dylan record with a couple of ballads on it,” remembers Burke, “and I said to this fellow, ‘Hey, this isn’t so different from the traditional Irish tunes I know.'”

THE WASHINGTON POST, 27 February 1987, p. C7. From Geoffrey Himes

Usher’s Island Debut Album Out Now!

From the Cream of Irish Traditional Musicians

Two years after their live debut, Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Mike McGoldrick and John Doyle release their first Usher’s Island recording

The highly anticipated debut album by Usher’s Island will be released on 21 March 2017.

Purchase Here:

Vertical Records

Claddagh Records


Archive: Review – 4/Jul/2000 – Stray Leaf Folk Club

Andy Irvine – Stray Leaf Folk Club, Mullaghbane, Co. Armagh, Ireland – 4/Jul/2000

Commissioned by the Irish Times July 4 2000 but unpublished 

Most roles and occupations in life are applied for, coveted, stolen or won; with others, the job is so novel it happens by stealth.  After forty years in and around the business of ‘folk music’, Andy Irvine – promoting a splendid new album, Way Out Yonder – can no longer be seen as simply another jobbing traddie on the (increasingly busy) road. He is, of course, an institution in Irish music, but more meaningfully – and certainly more inspiringly to those who seek out his live performances – his musical reference points are wide and he is still driven by the passion and creativity of a man on a mission. Derisory of the often vacuous ‘legendary’ tag attached to players of a certain age, Irvine’s impetus plainly derives from each and every night’s task of engaging, informing, moving, interacting with and, most of all, entertaining his audience. The intoxicating blend of Irish music and Balkan tunes alongside humour, poignancy and original story-songs in the tradition of Woody Guthrie – rescuing heroes of the working classes from the footnotes of history – makes his artistry quite simply unique. Woody is often cited as the template for Irvine’s current path but a closer comparison might be the now all-but forgotten ‘Scottish cowboy’ Alex Campbell, who threw music together from every source of the day, infuriated purists, entertained mercurially and virtually invented, back in the fifties, the concept of the Celtic troubadour. Tonight’s show, at a slightly cavernous arts centre in a lonely corner of South Armagh, was hardly an easy one to get going. By the end of the night, however, Andy had created the kind of intimacy and warmth that will continue to ensure that his reputation never sets its backside anywhere near those bothersome laurels.

Colin Harper


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