TOUR SCHEDULE: APR – SEP 2020 (subject to change)

Here is the current schedue of Gigs, obviously these events are subject to change due to the current climate.

APRIL 2020

GIGS in IRELAND

Sun 12. Kilkea Castle, Castledermot w/ Dónal Lunny – Postponed
Kilkea Demesne, Castledermot, Co. Kildare, R14 XE97
Tel: +353 (0)59 914 5600
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Thur 23. Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire w/ Dónal Lunny – Rescheduled 16 Sept. 2020
Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Box office: +353 (0)1 231 2929
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Fri 24. Dolan’s, Limerick
3-4 Dock Road, Limerick
Box office: +353 (0)61 314483
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MAY 2020

GIGS in IRELAND

Sat 2. Abbey Tavern, Howth
28 Abbey Road, Howth, Co. Dublin
Box office: +353 (0)1 839 0307
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Sun 3. Carlingford Heritage Centre, Carlingford
Church Road, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Tel: +353 (0)42 937 3454
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Sat 23. Féile Nasc Folk and Traditional Music Festival, Marley Park
Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
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Fri 29. Belturbet Civic Centre, Belturbet, Co. Cavan Get Ticket
Sat 30. Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray w/ Dónal Lunny
Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Box office: +353 (0)1 2724030
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JUNE 2020

GIGS in IRELAND

Fri 12. The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow w/ Dónal Lunny
Dwyer Square, Ballinacor, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
Box office: +353 (0)402 38529
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Fri 19. Jim Dowling Festival, Glengarriff, West Cork w/ Dónal Lunny
Glengarriff Village, West Cork
Tel: +353 (0)87 759 5931
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Sat 20. The White Horse, Ballincollig, Cork w/ Dónal Lunny
West Village, Ballincollig, Cork P31 YA40
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SEPTEMBER 2020

ANDY IRVINE & PAUL BRADY “A Celebration Of A Classic Album”
featuring Dónal Lunny & Kevin Burke

Thur 3. Perth Concert Hall, Perth Get Ticket
Sun 6. Waterfront Hall, Belfast Get Ticket
Mon 7. Vicar St, Dublin Get Ticket
Tue 8. Vicar St, Dublin Get Ticket
Fri 11. Royal Theatre, Castlebar Get Ticket

Mozaik, “The Long and the Short of It” – BOSTON IRISH REVIEW

Mozaik, “The Long and the Short of It” • This space sang the praises of Andy Irvine last month, with the recent release of his “Old Dog Long Road” retrospective. Well, here we go again, although in this endeavor he’s got plenty of company: old Planxty chum Donal Lunny, American old-timey musician Bruce Molsky, Dutch multi-instrumentalist Res van der Zalm, and Bulgarian Nikola Pirova. As Mozaik, these five have for almost two decades now been finding common ground between the Irish, Appalachian, and Balkan music traditions. And on this, the group’s third release (recorded in 2015 but only issued several months ago), they add yet another element: Greek folk music, in the person of guest vocalist Chrysoula Kechagioglou who, while only appearing on a quarter of the album’s 12 tracks, is an absolutely enchanting presence.

The sheer variety of instruments these guys play make up a small orchestra: bouzoukis, mandolins, harmonica, guitars, fiddles, five-string banjo, whistles, uilleann pipes, bodhran, and from the Balkans, the violin-like gadulka, kaval (a wind instrument) and the gaida (bagpipes). Irvine leads on four of the songs, Molsky two, adding Dublin and American voices to the mix. Not to be overlooked is another guest singer, Ágnes Herczku of Hungary, who vocalizes a Moldavian tune that leads into a dance melody (“Gyimes”). The overall effect is exotic to say the least: vintage Irish folk revival fretted-string accompaniment, old-timey/Appalachian drive, Eastern European rhythms and intervals – sometimes intertwining, other times set off against one another, but always holding together the vision of commonalities in cultures and music traditions.

In addition to fine renditions of traditional American songs “My Little Carpenter” and “Old Virginia,” Molsky holds forth on a pair of fiddle tunes, “The Black Hills Waltz” and “The Red Steer,” the latter at times resembling that great Irish reel “The Foxhunter’s.”  Irvine offers up a rather graphic whaling song from England, “The Coast of Peru,” the start of which features a Parov-van der Zalm duet on whistles that has a South American tint to it.

Irvine’s excellent songwriting is spotlighted here, too, with one of his trademark historical biographies, this time of the enigmatic, tragic Harry Houdini – who, as Irvine relates, for all his incredible feats most desired to escape from “the chains of eternity.” There’s also another in his series of memoirs from his youthful travels in Eastern Europe, “As Good As It Gets.” The song was on the album he recorded in 2017 as part of Usher’s Island (with Lunny, John Doyle, Michael McGoldrick and Paddy Glackin), but this was its earlier incarnation. It is particularly appropriate to the Mozaik repertoire, since this period of Irvine’s life was so integral to his involvement with Balkan/Eastern European music. And above all, it’s just a brilliant song – fun, playful, self-deprecating, a joyful reminiscence of being a young Irishman in the midst of overwhelming sensual wonders.

But the real gem is “Rainbow ’Mid the Willows,” Irvine’s take on an Ozark ballad sung by the legendary Arkansas singer Almeda Riddle – he wrote a couple of new verses and adapted a melody by UK musician Chris Algar. It’s a powerful tale of forbidden romance, lyrics full of intense, vivid emotions, yet Irvine and the band treat the song with a gentle poignancy.

Which sets the stage for the next track, Kechagioglou’s outstanding performance of “The Song of the Nightingale,” a traditional song from Thrace (translated, for the most part, into English) that presents as a parable on wealth and poverty. The delicacy and sensitivity of the arrangement complements Kechagioglou’s warm, engaging vocals. She’s also featured on “Like a Soft Breeze,” a setting of a poem by Napoleon Lapathiotis, duets with Molsky on “My Little Carpenter” and – in an indication of the band’s respect for her – does an a cappella solo to close out the album: “Neratzoula,” a song passed along to Kechagioglou by her grandmother who as a young woman, Kechagioglou writes in the liner notes, “was rough, ran faster than anybody else, and had the voice of an angel.”

However one might laud Kechagioglou, Irvine and Molsky on “The Long and the Short of It,” the artistry of Lunny, Parov and van der Zalm should not be overlooked. Like its namesake art form, Mozaik can be admired for both its carefully arranged and assembled individual pieces and the greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts picture it produces.  [andyirvine.com/disc/Mozaik-disc-new.html]

SOURCE: www.bostonirish.com

TOUR: Andy & Paul Tour Postponed – Rescheduled for Sept…

“Owing to the Irish Government’s edict of no concerts for more than 100 people. It’s with great regret that the Andy Irvine & Paul Brady tour has been postponed. We are re-scheduling for September and more information on this will be available in due course. Tickets remain valid for the postponed gigs in Vicar Street & Belfast.” Andy Irvine 2020-03-13

 

MARCH 2020

ANDY IRVINE & PAUL BRADY “A Celebration Of A Classic Album”
featuring Dónal Lunny & Kevin Burke – POSTPONEMENTS DUE TO COVID-19 –

Sat 14. Kilkenny TradFest, The Hub at Cillin Hill Get Ticket
Sun 15. Vicar St, Dublin – Rescheduled to 7th Septmeber Get Ticket
Mon 16. Royal Theatre, Castlebar – Rescheduled to 11th September Get Ticket
Wed 18. Vicar St, Dublin – Rescheduled to 8th September Get Ticket
Thur 19. Waterfront Hall, Belfast – Rescheduled to 6th September Get Ticket
Sat 21. Perth Concert Hall, Perth – Rescheduled to 3rd Septmeber Get Ticket