FORMER Tasmanian folk musician Luke Plumb will team up with his musical hero, Irish legend Andy Irvine, at this weekend’s Cygnet Folk Festival.
A talented multi-instrumentalist and session musician, Plumb was recruited by popular Scottish “acid-croft’’ fusion band Shooglenifty when they toured Tasmania in 2002.
He spent the next 12 years touring the world as Shooglenifty’s mandolin player, before leaving the band in 2014 to return to Australia, where he is increasingly in-demand as a record producer, composer and arranger, and music teacher.
Now Plumb has joined forces with Irish troubadour Irvine, best known as one of the driving forces behind influential Irish ’70s band Planxty.
With a keen ear and eye for history, a social conscience and a wry sense of humour, Irvine has also played with bands such as Mozaik, Sweeney’s Men, Patrick Street, LAPD and Usher’s Island, while also touring and recording solo.
“I first saw Andy play Hobart when I was 17,” Plumb says.
“I was playing violin in the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and classical piano at the time, and went home from the gig and said to my parents ‘I want a mandolin for my birthday’. That was it. I was hooked. Andy has been my all-time mandolin and folk hero ever since.”
After performing together as a duo for the first time at Queensland’s recent Woodford Folk Festival, Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb play three shows at the Cygnet Folk Festival: at the St James Catholic Church tomorrow; at Carmel Hall on Saturday; and in the St James College Auditorium on Sunday.
For details go to www.cygnetfolkfestival.org
KANE YOUNG, Mercury – January 7, 2017 11:00pm