The album was recorded in Australia with Multi-Instrumentalist & Producer Luke Plumb. Andy’s “Australian Mates” are to make an appearance (Kate Burke & Ruth Hazelton) & also features Mike McGoldrick & John McCusker. No track list as of yet, but the album is expected to launch before the end of the year to coincide with an Australian tour. – Watch this space!
Here’s what we know so far & i must say it sounds exciting.
AndyIrvine on Luke Plumb:
“He knows everything about my music,” “He’s not going to do anything I don’t like.”
Luke Plumb on the prospect of recording the album:
“In the meantime though, one of my two all time musical inspirations is trekking across the globe to record an album with me at the helm. It’s huge honour for me and a bit of a bucket list thrill to work on a recording with Andy Irvine – particularly in the context of a duo album. We’ll be launching it in Australia in the January festival period so come see us! The material is stellar in typical Andy fashion so I reckon we’re ALL in for a treat.” via LukePlumb.com
Luke Plumb had this to say about the making of the album:
“Howdy folks, Been a long time since I checked in last…On the work front things have been rather frantic. Last I wrote, Andy Irvine was about to travel down south to record with me in Melbourne. He did and we converted a house made available to us by our good friend Corinn into a makeshift studio. 7 long days tracking and I had hours of unedited Irvine – a complete album somewhere in there… He’s a tireless worker putting down 14 tracks of bouzouki, mandola, harmonica and vocal takes.
I said later that his parts could have easily formed an entire album of unadulterated Andy, but as producer that would have been both a wasted opportunity and a cop out. I fired the finished takes over to the trusty Big Macs – Mike McGoldrick and John McCusker, our backing vocalists extraordinaire – Ruth Hazleton and Kate Burke and I began work on how to complement Andy’s playing with my own.
A few trips out to Inverloch in Victoria gave me the time and quiet space to record my own parts, we had a lovely day of vocals with Kate and Ruth and slowly the album took shape. Fairly early on it became clear it was a special record with a lot of first class material. I had a wee trip planned to come over to Scotland and got the parts from John and Mike plus some icing on the cake in terms of percussion from James MacKintosh – the final member of my Big Mac trinity.
Two days with Calum Malcolm for mixing and there’s the album. It’s been mastered now and awaiting pressing for an Australian release at the Woodford Folk Festival. I’m very proud of the album we made particularly given the “all eggs in one basket” pressure we had from Andy’s initial trip over. He played a blinder and that has set the tone and backbone of the whole album…” via LukePlumb.com Nov. ’16.
Kate & Ruth tweet on pre-recording nerves & post recording excitement:
— Kate & Ruth (@KateandRuth) October 30, 2016
Giddy with joy listening to mixes of @andyk_irvine & Luke Plumb’s new album… featuring Mike McGoldrick & John McCusker… and us too!
— Kate & Ruth (@KateandRuth) November 11, 2016