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Irish Post – Podcast Interview: London Calling |Paul Brady and Andy Irvine |

Irish folk legends Paul Brady and Andy Irvine on collaboration, friendship and their return to London after four decades

BY: Ryan Price
October 03, 2018

VETERANS of Irish music, Paul Brady and Andy Irvine joined the London Calling podcast ahead of their upcoming return to London.

On the 12th episode of the podcast, Brady and Irvine spoke to host Ryan Price from Paul’s studio in Dublin, as they prepare to play London together for the first time in over 40 years.

On the 15 October, two of Ireland’s finest musicians will take to stage at Barbican Hall to play songs from their 1977 album, Paul Brady and Andy Irvine, which remains to be regarded as a seminal piece of work in Irish music.

The pair first entered the studio together at the beginning of 1976, following the breakup of folk band Planxty. Brady was to take over from Christy Moore who had vacated the popular group, but it soon became clear that the two would fare better by collaborating between themselves.

That they did, and in the summer of ’76 they hunkered down in Rockfield Studios in Wales to compile a combination of songs which included ‘Plains of Kildare’, ‘Arthur McBride’ and ‘The Streets of Derry’.

In this conversation, both Brady and Irvine opened up about the Dublin folk scene of the 1960’s and 70’s, the creation of their much-loved album and their friendship which has remained strong over the years.

Paul Brady and Andy Irvine will be joined by Donal Lunny and Kevin Burke at their show at London’s Barbican on Monday 15 October.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.

The pair also play Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Cork Opera House and Prague’s Archa Theatre.

source: https://www.irishpost.com

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Interview: The Music and Travels of Andy Irvine


Andy Irvine is a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians. Although an integral part of the finest Irish bands of our time, including Sweeney’s Men in the mid 60s, Planxty in the 70s, his duo with Paul Brady in the later 70s, as well as Patrick Street, Mozaik, LAPD and Usher’s Island, Andy Irvine continues along the path he set for himself so long ago – a vibrant career as a solo artist in the old style, a teller of tales and maker of music. In this episode, Andy talks about his upcoming Woody Guthrie album, his travels, and his music. Andy performed at the 2018 St. John’s Folk Festival.

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Music Played on the Show
Farewell To Ballymoney
 Composer: Trad arr. Andy Irvine
 Performer(s): Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb
 Album: Precious Heroes / 2018 Andy Irivine / AK-7

Who?
 Composer: Kern
 Performer(s): Binnie Hale & Jack Buchanan
 Album: Jack Buchanan with Elsie Randolph / Pavillion Records / PAST CD 9763

I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
 Composer: Howard Dietz
 Performer(s): Fred Astaire & Jack Buchanan
 Album: Those Magnificent MGM Musicals / EMI / CDP 7 94082 2

These Foolish Things
 Composer: Jack Strachey
 Performer(s): Charlie Parker
 Album: The Washington Concerts / Blue Note Records / itunes

Columbas Stockade
 Composer: Trad
 Performer(s): Woody Guthrie
 Album: The Early Years [Legacy] / Columbia / Legacy 345

The Gold Ring
 Composer: Trad
 Performer(s): Willie Clancy
 Album: The Pipering of Willie Clancy / Claddagh Records / CC39CD

The Shoals Of Herring
 Composer: Ewan MacColl
 Performer(s): Luke Kelly
 Album: Luke Kelly The Definitive Collection / IML / CACD0205

Omie Wise
 Composer: Trad arr
 Performer(s): Gb Grayson
 Album: Anthology of American Folk Music Volume 1 / Count Records / itunes

Standing On The Shore
 Composer: Trad arr
 Performer(s): Sweeney's Men
 Album: The Legend of Sweeney's Men / Castle Music / CMDDD932

Slow Air
 Composer: Trad
 Performer(s): Kostadin Varimezov

Arnold Layne
 Composer: Barrett, Syd
 Performer(s): Pink Floyd
 Album: Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd / Lyte Records / LR019

Azt Gondoltam Eso Esik
 Composer: Trad
 Performer(s): Muzikas With Marta Sebestyen
 Album: The Prisoner's Song / Hannibal Records / HNCD 1341

Kitty Lie Over/ Munster Buttermilk
 Composer: Trad
 Performer(s): Mick O'Brien And Caoimhin O Raghallaigh
 Album: Kitty Lie Over / ACM Records / ACMCD 102