Last night my wife and I went to see Andy Irvine in the Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff … wonderful. Andy, now 68 years of age, is one of the true greats not only of Irish but of world folk music, and a witty raconteur to boot. He is also a gentleman … when I emailed him this morning to compliment him on the show, he emailed back promptly to thank me and say how much he enjoyed it.
Andy is an admirer of Woody Guthrie (‘Never Tire of the Road’ is a tribute to Woody), and his music, as well as drawing on Eastern European influences, touches on themes of Americana to which I alluded on Ana’s blog on MyT the other night. I’ll draw these out in another post when I have a chance.
I first heard Andy’s music when he was a member of Planxty, the seminal Irish…
"From the outback of Australia, it is with great sadness that I write these lines on the death of Arty McGlynn, a great friend and a guitarist of magical proportions.
I first met Arty at a sound check in the Baggot Inn in about 1977 or 78, where Paul Brady and myself were playing once a month. He was very shy in those days and a little later, to hear him play guitar and pedal steel with such ability was a surprise.
Later again, in the Spring of 1982, Nollaig Casey, Arty and me rehearsed for a tour in Italy. My music was very complicated at that time and I was thrilled to find that Arty was well up for it.
I think we did a couple of tours in Europe and played in Ireland that year also. I have some recordings that I must dig out when I get home.
In March 1983, Dónal and Christy had left Planxty to concentrate on the success of Moving Hearts. Liam and I were determined to continue the band and the not very well remembered Planxty of 1983 was formed and rehearsed in Bill Whelan’s house in Dublin.
Arty, James Kelly and Dolores Keane joined Bill, Liam and myself and we did a tour of UK and then a tour of Ireland. That was the extent of it for some reason. The band quietly disappeared from view!
Arty was a part of Patrick Street in the late eighties and we toured USA and Canada every year with some success.
Kevin Burke, Jackie Daly and later John Carty all loved playing with Arty. He was definitely the number one accompanist of most traditional musicians.
My deepest condolences to his wife, Nollaig, their daughters and Arty’s sons."