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Andy Irvine at EFC / Edinburgh FC – Live Video Stream!

Andy Irvine plays at Edinburgh Folk Club (EFC) tonight. The show will be live stream from the venues facebook page & will be available to watch for after if you miss it:

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ANDY IRVINE

Wednesday 18 April 2018

NB: this show will be live streamed. If you do not wish to be caught ‘in shot’ please chose your seat accordingly.
The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Time: doors 7:30pm / showtime 8pm
Admission: … £12 (non-members), £10 (conc), £9.50 NHS & emergency services staff, £8 (EFC members), £5 (students)

Tickets are available on line or at the door from 7:30pm

ANDY IRVINE is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as “a tradition in himself”.

Musician, singer, songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his over 50-year career.

Andy has been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeneys Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s, and then Patrick Street, Mozaik, LAPD and recently Ushers Island. Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.

As a soloist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie. To quote the Irish Times, “Often copied, never equalled”, his repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes and a compelling cannon of his own self-penned songs.

source: www.efc1973.com

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Fan Story: 15 year old Ed Sheeran with Andy Irvine in Kavanaghs Pub, Portlaoise [2006]

Thanks to John Shereran (Ed’s Dad) and Gary Dunne this gem was found last night!

15 year old Ed Sherran with Andy Irvine at ÉistMusic (ran by John Dunne & Vinny O’Brien) in Kavanaghs Pub-Portlaoise

Picture taken in 2006 with Credit to John Sheeran!


Here's Ed's version of Andy's classic West Coast of Clare

Planxty Live 1979 Album to be released March 23rd 2018!

Radio Bremen Issues 1979 Planxty Recording

Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Liam O’Flynn, Christy Moore and Matt Molloy

Radio Bremen Issues 1979 Planxty Recording

Concert took place at Bremen University during an extensive European tour.

Radio Bremen and the MIG (Made in Germany) label have released One Night in Bremen, a live recording of the original Planxty line-up along with Matt Molloy in April 1979.

The concert took place at Bremen University amidst an extensive European tour in which they played forty-seven concerts in fifty-eight days.

Recalling the tour, Andy Irvine writes in the sleeve notes:

In the spring of 1978, Christy was playing with The Christy Moore Band, Donal was in The Bothy Band, which was in the process of breaking up, Liam was playing solo and I was either touring with Mick Hanly or playing solo too.

Christy saw it as a good time to recreate the ‘Original Planxty’. Liam and myself agreed wholeheartedly. I think I had been hoping for this moment for a couple of years. Donal still felt a responsibility towards the other members of The Bothy Band, but eventually he was persuaded and he brought with him the great Bothies flute player Matt Molloy…

Things were different. Looking back at it, we had all grown up by this time. Life was not as freewheeling as it had been. Mortgages had to be paid and children fed. Still we felt that we could pick up where we had left off in 1975 and a monster tour was planned for the spring of 1979…

I remember we played our tryout gig at The Meeting Place in Dublin, a pub that held about 60 people and two days later we opened the tour at the Hammersmith Odeon that held about 3,000! It was a nervous start.  The tour went on through Britain and Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Holland and finally Ireland. 45 gigs in 58 days. We finished in Dublin and the following week we were in the new Windmill Lane studios to record After the Break.

One Night in Bremen features 12 tracks, including ‘The Pursuit of Farmer Michael Hayes’, ‘You Rambling Boys of Pleasure’ and ‘Smecana Horo’. Listen to the opening track below.

The album will be released on vinyl, CDand online in March. For more, visit https://goo.gl/3UqtnQ

Published on 28 February 2018

Source: http://journalofmusic.com/news/radio-bremen-issues-1979-planxty-recording