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MOZAIK “THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT” – New 3rd album is out now – October 2019

MOZAIK is the band that Andy Irvine had dreamed of and his long time musical friends gathered together in Australia in early 2002 to form this multicultural super band. Andy Irvine has been travelling around the world since his youth and one of his great ideas was to collaborate with so much of the different music that had influenced him. American fiddler and 5-string banjo player Bruce Molsky brought the Old Time tunes and songs from his native country, Dónal Lunny was the unquestionable percussive powerhouse of the gathering on bouzouki, guitar and bodhrán. Bulgarian/Hungarian musical genius, Nikola Parov brought all manner of exotic instrumentation to the mix (including gadulka, gaida, kaval, gardon, flutes, clarinet, guitar and nyckelharpa) and Rens van der Zalm, undoubtably one of the best all round musicians on fiddle, mandolin, low whistles, uillean pipes and guitar, brought with him his quintessential Dutch attention to detail in his lovely melody lines.

MOZAIK recorded this 3rd album outside Budapest during the month of September 2015. This time they had a beautiful traditional singer Chrysoula Kechagioglou as a guest and she brought the warm wind and colour of her native Greece into the band for this album. Andy and Bruce also take lead vocals and the instrumental tracks composed by Dónal and Nikola (with the magnificent voice of Ágnes Herczku) are in this album. It has taken more than four years for this album to come to fruition but here it is at last and that’s about the long and the short of it!

THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT
ANDY IRVINE & DÓNAL LUNNY’s
MOZAIK
Recorded in the Livingroom Studio in Budapest, September 2015
Engineered and Edited by Nikola Parov in Budapest 2017
Further Recording by Ton Snijders in Netherlands 2017
Mixed and Mastered by Leon O’Neill in Ireland 2018
Produced by Nikola Parov & Mozaik

The Long And The Short Of It

2019 [MOZCD03]

The Long And The Short Of It

Price €18.00 
(including shipping costs)

Buy Now from AndyIrvine.com

MOZAIK recorded this 3rd album outside Budapest during the month of September 2015. This time we had a beautiful traditional singer Chrysoula Kechagioglou as a guest and she brought the warm wind and colour of her native Greece into the band for this album. Andy and Bruce also take lead vocals and the instrumental tracks composed by Dónal and Nikola (with the magnificent voice of Ágnes Herczku) are all on this album.

It has taken more than four years for this album to come to fruition but here it is at last and that’s about the long and the short of it!

Produced by Nikola Parov & Mozaik
Andy Irvine: vocals, mandola, bouzouki, harmonica
Dónal Lunny: bouzouki, zouk (baritone bouzouki), guitar, bodhrán bass
Bruce Molsky: vocals, fiddle, 5-string banjo
Rens van der Zalm: fiddle, mandolin, guitar, low whistles, uilleann pipes
Nikola Parov: gadulka, kaval, gaida, whistle, violin, gardon, percussion
Ágnes Herczku: vocal on track 7
Chrysoula Kechagioglou: vocals on track 3, 4, 9 & 12


Track list:
1. Houdini
2. The Black Hills Waltz / The Red Steer
3. My Little Carpenter
4. Like A Soft Breeze
5. The Coast Of Peru
6. As Good As It Gets / The Blue Trouser Suit
7. Gyimes
8. Rainbow ‘Mid The Willow
9. The Song Of The Nightingale
10. Old Virginia
11. The Long And The Short Of It / De Doi
12. Neratzoula

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Andy Irvine “Old Dog Long Road – Vol.1 (1961-2012)” [AK-8] – New 2CD Retrospective album is out now – October 2019

Andy Irvine was born in 1942 and he started recording for his own enjoyment back in 1960 when
his mother bought him a heavy reel-to-reel tape recorder. ere are some very rare tracks from his
early days even before he became a professional musician and there are recordings of his busking
days in Germany by himself or with Johnny Moynihan. In the early 70s he made some demos for
Planxty in Dublin , one of them from this album, was never recorded. ere are a lot of recordings
from gigs that Andy has played over the last 50 years, mainly solo but some with his musical friends,
Dónal Lunny, Kevin Burke, Jackie Daly, Frankie Gavin, Rens van der Zalm and Gerry O’Berne, to
name but a few. Above all, this double album shows Andy’s remarkable ability to play highly complex
accompaniments at the same time as performing vocals of quality.

Old Dog Long Road

Price €20.00 

(including shipping costs)

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This is the first volume of recordings I made since 1961. They are not in any way intended as my latest albums and indeed, are issued as a limited edition, meant mainly for the ardent fan! The recordings are not always of studio quality in spite of the masterful sound manipulation of my dear friend the late Tim Martin who did a marvellous job of making even the most dubious old recording listenable. Many thanks to Leon O’Neill who also improved some difficult tracks.

I started recording for my own enjoyment back in 1960 when my mother bought me a heavy reel-to-reel tape recorder. Later I recorded songs so that I wouldn’t forget them and could go back and re-learn them. There are also many recordings made at gigs I have played around the world in the last 40 years. I would like to make special mention and give special thanks to Ray Barron of Cork who recorded so many of my shows in The Lobby Bar in Cork in the 90’s.

The bulk of these recordings are solo but there are some with great musicians I have played with over the years. Many thanks to Dónal Lunny, Rens van der Zalm, Johnny Moynihan, Frankie Gavin, Rick Epping, Kevin Burke, Jackie Daly and Gerry O’Beirne, all of whom appear on this first volume.
Thanks also to Jeremy Kearney for letting me use the Foxrock Folk Club recordings. More from that club in that period, with singers like Ronnie Drew and Luke Kelly, are available on “Live at Foxrock Folk Club – The Parish Hall Tapes 1970-72” (Cornelscourt Records CR 001).
If this album is well received, there will be a clatter more!!

Produced by Andy Irvine


Track list:

[Disc 1]
1. Goodbye Monday Blues (1999)
2. Farewell To Ballymoney (1978)
3. Green Grows The Laurel (2002)
4. King Bore And The Sandman (1978)
5. Down By Greer’s Grove (1995)
6. Dublin Lady (1971)
7. Little Stack Of Wheat / Humours Of Tullycrine (1993)
8. Jack Tar (1971)
9. Viva Zapata (1993)
10. Edward Connors (1986)
11. Lady Leroy (1972)
12. Bonny Light Horseman (1978)

[Disc 2]
1. Lost Train Blues (1971)
2. Captain Colston (1995)
3. Kilgrain Hare (1985)
4. Chetvorno Horo (1993)
5. Reuben’s Train (1968)
6. Longford Weaver / Christmas Eve (1978)
7. Come All Ye Fisher Lassies (1969)
8. Captain Thunderbolt (1995)
9. Seamen Three (1981)
10. Truckin’ Little Baby (1961)
11. The Titanic (2012)
12. Sweet Lisbweemore (1995)

Review: Planxty – One Night In Bremen [FATEA Magazine]

Planxty
Album: One Night In Bremen
Label: Mig
Tracks: 12
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planxty

Planxty need little introduction but for those who aren’t aware of this force in Irish music, it comprises of quartet Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Christy Moore and Liam O’Flynn. On this album they are joined by Flautist Matt Molloy who would later become a key figure in the massive and ever-enduring Chieftains. When they arrived in the early 70s with flares, taking their rogue-ish hippy attire and performing blistering Irish folk, they certainly turned a few heads and cemented their names into the scene.

The album here is from a time in the late 70s, where the band had reformed and had refined their sound. The album is a live recording from April 1979 in Bremen, Germany before the album recording ‘After the Break’.

The album opens on ‘The Pursuit of Farmer Michael Hayes’, a stomping song sung by the often imitated but never replicated singer Christy Moore. He’s in fine form on this album. Liam O’Flynn’s pipes open the second track with his evocative and expressive style of playing, this is part of what makes Planxty such a force in Irish music. Combine that with the Mandolin/Bouzouki combination of Irvine and Lunny, they step away from ‘Trad’ and become their own.

What is a delight from listening to these live recordings is hearing a band in full flow. With both Irvine and Moore who are solo performers in their own right, albums like this will be ‘must-haves’ for those who follow these two performers.

Andy Irvine leads the plaintive ‘ You Rambling Boys of Pleasure’, this is a standout track on the album. Irvine’s classic delicate vocal which sounds like he’s singing just for you is evident on this track, rather like Irvine’s many poignant Planxty ballads.

‘Smeceno Horo’ is a driving Balkan tune led by Mandolin and Bouzouki, then Molloy’s flute. This would be Matt Molloy’s only tour with Planxty before joining The Chieftains.

The classic ‘Raggle Taggle Gypsy / Tabhair Dom Do Lamh is the only song from their renowned first album on here. Delivered very well by Moore. One of the early parts in the track you can hear someone in the audience shush other clapping members. It’s nice to hear this is a live album with enough audience noise in there so it doesn’t become another live album that is just tracks performed differently.

I have to say, what does let this album down is the artwork, which resembles a poor bootleg which has had little care in fonts or their size and also leans a little too much to ‘Oirish’ with its garishly green artwork. This is by no means an album for someone to acquaint themselves with Planxty, rather for those who wish to re-acquaint themselves with this era of Planxty or to keep their collection up to speed. Which if you are, and can get past the artwork, there are some fine songs on this live album.

Johnny Campbell

source: www.fatea-records.co.uk