Feb 20. Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC. with The Bill Jackson Trio


Andy Irvine is a true legend of the Irish music scene, and he returns to Brunswick with his new CD, PARACHILNA, for a show at The Spotted Mallard on February 20, 2014. Andy will be supported by the wonderful Bill Jackson Trio – Bill Jackson, Pete Fidler and Ruth Hazleton – in another star-studded night at the best live-music venue in town.

“Andy is one of the most creative and talented people it has ever been my privilege to work with. Great company, superb singer, genius of a musician, truly original songwriter and an inspiration to all of us – what more could anyone ask?” – Dick Gaughan

Andy Irvine is a true legend of the Irish music scene; when barely twenty one and already an ardent follower of Woody Guthrie, Andy arrived in Dublin from London in the early sixties to immerse himself in a whole new world of folk and traditional music Dublin style. By the end of the decade he had made an album with his first serious band Sweeney’s Men, travelled in Bulgaria and Romania and on returning to Dublin with three other like-minded young musicians formed the legendary band Planxty. The band’s first album was released in 1972 and is widely acknowledged one of the most important albums ever released in the genre. Planxty went on to record another six brilliant albums, the individual members on to form numerous other well-known bands, and in Andy’s case Mosaic, Patrick Street and Mozaik. Throughout his career, he has worked with many of the great names in Irish and European music, working solo and over the years with his long time friend and brilliant multi instrumentalist from Holland Rens van der Zalm. Like his hero Woody Guthrie, Andy never tires of the road, a singer of exceptional skills, brilliant instrumentalist, composer, arranger and true believer, he’s just released his latest album, PARACHILNA recorded his musical companion Rens van der Zalm.

Parachilna is the name of a tiny town between the desert and the Flinders Range mountains in South Australia where Andy recorded much of the new CD during a wonderful journey in the Australian Outback in 2012 with his musical companion Rens van der Zalm. As a frequent visitor to Australia over the last 30 years, Andy has always been very interested in Australian folk music and has wanted to make an Australian album. This is nearly it: the songs are a mixture of Irish and Australian.

Bill Jackson is one of Australia’s finest songwriters within the country folk genre. Think Dylan, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt all wrapped up in his most recent release – the critically acclaimed ‘Jerilderie’. His previous full-length release ‘Steel & Bone’ was awarded Folk Alliance Australia ‘Radio Presenters Album of the Year’ in 2008 and he was invited to tour the US alternative country hotspots later that same year with Peter Fidler & Ruth Hazleton.

Most of his songs are co-written with his brother Ross and have been described as engaging, plainspoken and articulate – songs about Hank, Morphine, High Country Lovers and our shared common experiences. His music hints at country folk fringe roots with sparse arrangements, darkly-drawn images and lyrics that cast deep impressions.

BILL JACKSON: guitar, vocals | PETE FIDLER: dobro, lap steel, mandolin, guitar | RUTH HAZLETON: banjo, guitar, vocals

“You could be sitting in your Camry, stuck on the Western Ring Road, but pop Bill Jackson’s latest into the CD player and you could be cruising the open road with nothing but time and nowhere particular to be.” – Jeff Glorfel, Melbourne Age

“Bill Jackson is not your typical Aussie folkie. He could be from Austin or Charlottesville or Nashville. He writes songs which transcend place and time and while folk in basis, step beyond.” – Frank Gutch Jnr
(Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange)




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