Author: muso-confuso

‘Andy Irvine & Paul Brady’ album notes by Gareth Murphy nominated for Grammy!

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On Tour Sept-Dec 2022



Mon 5.Dún Laoghaire Folk Festival 2022, at Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
w/ Usher’s Island – Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin and Michael McGoldrick
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Sat 10.KAM, Kinvara Community Centre
“Tickets already purchased for postponed concert in May will be honoured.”
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Thur 15.Clonakilty International Guitar Festival, at De Barra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty, West CorkGet Ticket
Fri 16.Clonakilty International Guitar Festival, The Acoustic Forum – Scoil na mBuachailli at De Barra’s Folk ClubGet Ticket



Sat 1.Winchester Folk Club, at Hyde Tavern, WinchesterGet Ticket
Sun 2.Kitchen Garden Café, BirminghamGet Ticket
Mon 3.Nettlebed Folk Club, at The Village Club, Nettlebed, nr Henley on ThamesGet Ticket
Tue 4.Stratford Playhouse, StratfordGet Ticket
Wed 5.Cambridge Junction, CambridgeGet Ticket
Thur 6.London Irish Centre, LondonGet Ticket
Fri 7.Roots Music Club, at Ukrainian Centre, DoncasterGet Ticket
Sat 8.Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon TyneGet Ticket
Sun 9.Alnwick Playhouse, AlnwickGet Ticket
Wed 12.Brewery Arts, KendalGet Ticket
Thur 13.Settle Victoria Hall, SettleGet Ticket
Fri 14.Reeth Memorial Hall, Richmond, North YorkshireGet Ticket


Sat 15.Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, London
w/Usher’s Island – Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle
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Sun 16.Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, London
w/Usher’s Island – Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle
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Fri 28St Augustine’s Church, DerryGet Ticket



Sat 12.Riksscenen, OsloGet Ticket
Wed 30.Áras Uí Chonghaile, BelfastSold Out

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

Thur 17.Royal Theatre, CastlebarGet Ticket
Sat 19.Perth Concert Hall, PerthGet Ticket
Sun 20.Waterfront Hall, BelfastSold Out
Mon 21.Vicar St, DublinSold Out
Tue 22.Vicar St, DublinSold Out



Thur 1.Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge w/ Dónal LunnyGet Ticket
Fri 16.Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray w/ Dónal LunnyGet Ticket

Andy Irvine’s Instruments Found & Returned!

“To everybody who has helped me or shown concern about my missing instruments, I give my heartiest thanks. On Monday I got an email from SAS to tell me……THEY’D FOUND MY INSTRUMENTS!!! They were rushed to Dublin & delivered to my door yesterday evening!! I can’t tell you how it feels to have them back. I have a permanent smile on my face – and so do they. Thanks to Providence & all kind people who gave their time & energy!”

Andy Irvine’s instruments gone missing @DublinAirport

Please see this message posted today 11th July 2022 from Andy Irvine’s facebook page, if anyone knows a way to help locate these instrument please get in touch:

“Flying to Denmark ten days ago to play at a Festival, my two Sobell instruments, a guitar-bouzouki & a mandola, probably valued in excess of €16,000, failed to arrive & have not been traced yet. The chaos at airports is such that they may be in Dublin, Frankfurt or Copenhagen. I have a suspicion that they never left Dublin & I wonder if anybody knows someone there, working as a baggage handler, who has access to misplaced baggage & might look for my missing instruments?”

@DublinAirport #DublinAirport

Happy 80th to Andy Irvine – a classic performance from the RTÉ archives

We’re celebrating the 80th birthday of the incomparable Andy Irvine with a performance from the 2018 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, as Lifetime Achievement Award winner Andy brings the show to a memorable finish with a rousing performance of My Heart’s Tonight In Ireland – watch above.