Here's some info on the great line-up of musicians who helps make "Precious Heroes" such a great album.
|Instrument||Bouzouki, mandola, octave mandola, harmonica & vocal|
|About||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”.|
|Instrument||Mandolin, guitar, programming, bouzouki, guitar & vocal|
|About||Through his work with Shooglenifty, Peter Daffy and as a Solo performer, Luke Plumb has established a reputation as a driving force in acoustic music on the global stage.|
|Instrument||Flute & Whistle|
|About||Andy’s Ushers Island bandmate, Michael McGoldrick (born 26 November 1971, Manchester, England) is an English Low whistle, Irish flute, Uillean pipes, tin whistle and bodhran player. He also plays other instruments such as guitar and mandolin in some of his tracks.|
|About||John McCusker (born 15 May 1973) is a Scottish folk musician, record producer and composer. An accomplished fiddle player, he had a long association as a member of the Battlefield Band beginning in the 1990s and was later a band member and producer for folk singer Kate Rusby. He has served as producer and arranger for artists in a range of genres and also has several solo albums to his credit.|
|Name||Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton|
|About||Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton are two of Australia’s most respected and renowned folk musicians. Their vocal harmonies, exceptional musicianship and unique interpretations of traditional song have won them national and international acclaim over the years.|
|Name||Rens Van Der Zalm|
|Instrument||Guitar & Fiddle|
|About||Andy’s Mozaik bandmate, right-hand man. The Netherlands has few celebrities in the field of folk. But the Rotterdammer Rens van der Zalm definitely belongs in this select company. For three decades he has been giving colour – and more than that – to all sorts of different music groups with his violin, mandolin, guitar, accordion, bagpipe, whistles, harmonica and so on.|
|About||Hailing from the Scottish Highlands, James’s first forays into percussion were distinctly hand knitted. Fearing for the integrity of her pots and pans, his mother eventually bought him a drumkit for his 15th birthday. Some 30 years later James is widely recognised as one of Scotland’s most innovative drummers, and he is responsible for the deliriously danceable grooves underpinning Shooglenifty’s sound. The Shoogle drummer is much in demand elsewhere: with Capercaillie, Grit Orchestra, String Sisters and Michael McGoldrick to name a few.|
|About||Andy’s dear wife Kumiko!|
An nice article on Andys time in Ljubljana (scroll down for a rough English translation)
V prvi urbani komuni v Ljubljani je živel tudi irski glasbenik Andy Irvine Komuna v Tacnu, spomini Goranke Kreačič
Komuna v Tacnu (G7) je bila prva urbana komuna v nekdanji Jugoslaviji. Ustanovijo jo večinoma primorski študentje, pridružili so se jim tudi nekateri Ljubljančani. V komuni je stalno živelo 10-15 ljudi, hiša je bila vedno polna obiskov, domačih ali tujih. Čeprav so bili prvotni nagibi ustanovitve take skupnosti predvsem ekonomske narave, pa so se stanovalci komune kmalu intelektualno in politično profilirali kot anarho-sindikalistična smer, čeprav so nekateri zagovarjali popolno apolitičnost. Pojavili so se tudi začetki ekološke zavesti; vzpostavile so se povezave z ekogibanjem amsterdamskih “kobouterjev” (palčkov) – začetnikov porajajoče se ekološke zavesti v Evropi. Njegovi člani so redno obiskovali komuno v Tacnu, zlasti Roel van Duyn, ki je pisal tudi za študentski časopis Tribuna. Člani komune so se preživljali na različne načine – od štipendij do priložnostnega dela in so v skupnem gospodinjstvu skušali uveljavljati egalitarizem in solidarnost med člani.
Glavna polja dejavnosti so bila filozofija, družbena misel (Frane Adam), ekologija, v smislu samozadostnosti v oskrbi s hrano (Vinko in Vera Zalar) ter umetnost (likovna: Jože Slak – Đoko (1951-2014), književna: Ivan Volarič – Feo (1948-2010), zadnja dva sta tudi na zgornji fotografiji). Drugačnost od “normalne” družbe so kazali tudi z videzom, dolgimi lasmi, z oblačilno kulturo.
Pomemben status so bila potovanja – od Amsterdama, kjer so obiskovali svoje somišljenike “kobouterje”, do nepalskega Katmanduja. To potovanje je bilo nekakšna iniciacija, ki si jo moral opraviti, če si hotel bili del tega “plemena”. Ta potovanja v Indijo in Nepal niso bila omejena samo na prebivalce Tacna, široko so zajela tudi del ljubljanske mladine.
Večina članov komune v Tacnu in nato na Brodu, ki so sicer živeli neko vrsto utopije, se je udeleževala akcij študentskega gibanja, na neki način tudi utopičnega, se spominja Goranka Kreačič, ki je bila v letih, ko je bilo študentsko gibanje v Ljubljani najmočnejše, študentka Filozofske fakultete. Bila je vpeta v jedro dogajanja in hrani dragocene spomine na tisti čas. Avtor fotografije Žare Veselič, prebivalec komune in pozneje njen stalni obiskovalec, je s fotoaparatom vneto dokumentiral takratne dogodke.
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Eden izmed tujih stanovalcev komune (na sliki v sredini spredaj) je danes slavni irski glasbenik in kantavtor Andy Irvine. Svojemu večmesečnemu bivanju v Ljubljani – v Tacnu – je posvetil pesem Autumn Gold na zgoščenki Rain on the Roof. O pesmi je Irwine zapisal: Napisal sem jo v Ljubljani leta 1968, medtem ko sem sedel v sončnem parku in zaman čakal na zmenek. Kot vedno, sem čakal na Vido.
English Translation (via Google Translate!)
In the first urban commune in Ljubljana, Irish musician Andy Irvine also lived Commune in Tacen, memories of Goranka Kreačič
The commune in Tacen (G7) was the first urban commune in the former Yugoslavia. It is mostly founded by students from the Primorska region, and also by some of the residents of Ljubljana. There were 10-15 people living in the commune, the house was always full of visits, domestic or foreign. Although the original inclinations of the founding of such a community were primarily of an economic nature, the villagers of the commune soon became intellectually and politically profiled as anarcho-syndicalist direction, although some argued for complete apolitism. The beginnings of ecological consciousness also appeared; links have been established with the ecstasy of the Amsterdam “kobouteri” (dwarfs) – the beginnings of the emerging ecological awareness in Europe. His members regularly visited communes in Tacen, in particular Roel van Duyn , who also wrote for the Tribune student newspaper. Members of the community have been living in various ways – from scholarships to ad hoc work and have tried to promote egalitarianism and solidarity among their members in the common household.
The main fields of activity were philosophy, social thought ( Frane Adam ), ecology, in terms of self-sufficiency in food supply ( Vinko and Vera Zalar ) and art (visual: Jože Slak – Đoko (1951-2014), literary: Ivan Volarič – Feo (1948-2010), the last two are also in the above photo). The differences from the “normal” society were also reflected in the appearance, long hair, and clothing culture.
An important status was travel – from Amsterdam, where they visited their co-habits “co-workers”, to Nepalese Kathmandu. This trip was some kind of initiation that you had to do if you wanted to be part of this “tribe”. These trips to India and Nepal were not limited to the inhabitants of Tacen, but also included a part of the Ljubljana youth.
The majority of the members of the commune in Tacno and then on Brod, who otherwise lived some sort of utopia, took part in the actions of the student movement, and in some ways also utopic, recalls Goranka Kreačič , who was during the years when the student movement in Ljubljana was the strongest , a student at the Faculty of Philosophy. It was embedded in the core of events and held valuable memories at that time. The author of the photo Žare Veselič, a resident of the commune, and later her permanent visitor, has documentfully documented the events at that time with the camera.
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One of the foreign community dwellers (in the middle of the picture in front) is now famous Irish musician and cantor Andy Irvine . He spent his two-month stay in Ljubljana – in Tacno – dedicated the song Autumn Gold to the Rain on the Roof CD**. Irwin wrote about the song : I wrote it in Ljubljana in 1968, while I was sitting in the sun park, waiting for a date in vain. As always, I waited for Vido***.
**CORRECTIONS: The Song Autumn Gold was released on the Andy Irvine/Paul Brady LP, not Rain on the Roof. ***CORRECTIONS: Most likely a typo. Should be Vida.