Andy Irvine – Mandola, Bouzouki, Harmonica & vocals.
Terry Woods – 6 & 12 string guitars, concertina & vocals.
Johnny Moynihan – Bouzouki, Accordion, Tin whistle & Vocals
A rare opportunity to hear the legendary Sweeney’s Men who are embarking on a short Tour, following their acclaimed return to the stage as a band last year to celebrate Andy’s 70th Birthday.
Sweeney’s Men was formed in the Summer of 1966, and have seen several reinventions over the years. Originally the band formed when Andy Irvine and ‘Galway’ Joe Dolan were playing a residency in Galway and Johnny Moynihan joined them.
Under the management of Des Kelly, (remember the famous Capitol Showband leader?), they made a single in 1967 – The old maid in the garrett – which went to no.6 in the Irish music charts.
Joe left in June 1967 and was replaced by Terry Woods on 6 and 12 string guitar. A second single was released that Autumn – The Waxies Dargle – this went to no.2.
In May 1968 they recorded an LP for Transatlantic Records called – Sweeney’s Men.
Andy left in 1968 to be replaced by Henry McCullough and the band changed its repertoire and became more ‘contemporary’.
However, Henry left to join Joe Cocker’s Grease Band and after a brief spell with Al O’Donnell, Sweeney’s Men became a duo, finally splitting up in 1969.
The idea to reform the band with Johnny, Andy and Terry came about after very enjoyable gigs at Andy Irvine’s 70th Birthday Concerts in 2012 and a benefit concert for Henry McCullough earlier this year, all at Vicar Street.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity for a special night out in the great company of Sweeney’s Men at Triskel Christchurch.