Andy Irvine @ Milngavie Folk Club, Nr Glasgow 10/10/10Hi Folks
I am very happy to announce that Ex-Planxty Founder Andy Irvine is to play a concert at The Milngavie Folk Club, The Fraser Centre, Douglas St, Milngavie, G62 6PE on Sunday 10th October 2010.
Support: Mike Simons
Tickets Available: Milngavie Bookshop, Douglas St or
Art Forum, Station Rd (Both Milngavie)
For Reservations 'Phone 07743885991
(Answer 'Phone Service Only)
Best Wishes As Always
Jason M. Smith
Andy Irvine Biography
Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He 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.
As a soloist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie.
To quote The Irish Times, "Often copied, never equalled", his repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dances and a compelling canon of his own self-penned songs.
Andy Irvine first made his mark with the seminal band - "Sweeney's Men" in the mid 1960s but after two years he left and travelled 'way out yonder' by 'the sunburnt thumb' to Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, earning his living as a street musician and absorbing the musical traditions of the Balkans.
Returning to Ireland in 1970, Andy united with Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny and Liam O'Flynn to form Planxty, fanning the flames of Irish traditional music well into the next and future generations.
Planxty broke up - for the first time - in late 1975 and Andy performed and recorded with Paul Brady, making the classic album "Andy Irvine & Paul Brady" in 1976. He also worked and recorded brieefly with De Dannan before re-uniting with Planxty in 1979 until it's second break up in 1983.
Andy's first solo album "Rainy Sundays...Windy Dreams" followed as well as "Parallel Lines" a duo album with the great Scottish troubadour - Dick Gaughan.
In 1985 Andy formed "Mozaic", a pan-European band that included Dónal Lunny and Hungarian singer Marta Sebestyen. The band lasted for one blissful summer and andy returned to solo work.
Andy was touring the US regularly with guitar player Gerry O'Beirne at this time and in 1986, at the instigation of fiddler Kevin Burke (Bothy Band), Patrick Street was born with the addition of Jackie Daly (De Dannan) and guitar maestro, Arty McGlynn.
Patrick Street has since recorded eight studio albums and one live with differing personnel. They are still in action and released a new album in November 2007, "On the Fly" which marks a transition, being the first with fiddle, banjo player, John Carty and the last with retiring member, Jackie Daly.
Andy recorded his second solo album "Rude Awakening" in 1991 and then created the hugely influential "East Wind" which featured Davy Spillane on uillean pipes and was produced by Bill Whelan who went on to write "Riverdance".
Andy recorded his third solo album "Rain on the Roof" in 1995 - this one really is (nearly) solo. It includes his anthemic song "Never Tire of the Road" and then his fourth, "Way Out Yonder" in 2000 which closes with the haunting song "The Highwayman".
In 2002, Andy drafted some long-time musical friends and formed his “dream band” - initially for a one off tour of Australia. Calling themselves Mozaik, reminiscent of the earlier cross-genre group, Andy was joined by Dónal Lunny, Dutch multi-instrumentalist Rens van der Zalm, American Old Time fiddler and 5 string banjo player, Bruce Molsky