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Andy Irvine & Paul Brady 40th Anniversary Tour Program

Paul and Andy

In May 2017 Andy Irvine and Paul toured Ireland in commemoration and celebration of their iconic 1977 album ‘Andy Irvine and Paul Brady’. With them onstage were Donal Lunny and Kevin Burke who played on the original record, Donal also producing it.

With three nights in Dublin’s Vicar Street and concerts in Cork, Limerick, Galway, Derry and Belfast the tour was a total sell out and a truly joyful affair with, in addition to their many Irish followers, fans from Japan, Norway, Canada, Netherlands, UK, France, Belgium, Germany and many parts of USA turning up…many of whom weren’t born when the album came out and were now seeing Paul and Andy live for the first time.

Paul and Andy

This is the souvenir program of the tour, a 24 page colour booklet on high quality paper and signed by Paul and Andy.  Together with historical anecdotes of the recording, contemporary photos and concert posters and background details of the songs, it includes a CD of a live recording of Andy and Paul from March 1977 in The Towne Crier, Beekman, NY. Never before heard in public and not available anywhere else, this recording presents them as they sounded just prior to the release of the now classic album and is a must-have for anyone who missed the 40th Anniversary shows or who were there but didn’t manage to snap one up.
Live songs on the CD are ‘The Plains Of Kildare’, ‘Mary And The Soldier’, ‘The Jolly Soldier’ followed by ‘The Blarney Pilgrim’, ‘Martinmas Time’ followed by ‘The Little Stack of Wheat’ and the instrumental reels ‘Fred Finns’s’ and ‘Sailing Into Walpole’s Marsh’

Purchase: Andy Irvine & Paul Brady 40th Anniversary tour program including exclusive live CD & signed by Andy & Paul!! 

CD Tracklist

  1. The Plains Of Kildare
  2. Mary And The Soldier
  3. The Jolly Soldier / The Blarney Pilgrim
  4. Martinmas Time / The Little Stack of Wheat
  5. Fred Finns’s / Sailing Into Walpole’s Marsh

Rachel Baiman Shares Plucky, Ambitious Rewrite of Andy Irvine’s ‘Never Tire of the Road’


Rachel Baiman may be a twenty-something commandeering the Nashville music scene, but she sings like an old soul hopping trains from coast to coast. In her plucky, ambitious rewrite of Andy Irvine’s “Never Tire Of The Road,” Baiman perfectly captures the cautious optimism of the working (wo)man.

Irvine wrote the song in 1991 as a tribute to folk hero Woody Guthrie, who spent much of his life writing music and fighting as an activist. Guthrie took particular aim at fascism and corporate greed. And those themes really hit home for Baiman.

“It feels like simultaneously a song about touring and being on the road, and being a voice of the people and working for justice” Baiman tells Wide Open Country. She went one step further in personalizing the song, adding her own lyrical twist. Baiman says it helped make the song fit her voice and stay modern.

“The third verse was originally about the IWW, the international workers union that was a big deal in Woodie’s time,” she says. “I asked my brother who is a union organizer to help me rewrite that part. He gave me one of my favorite lines. ‘Alone we beg, but together we demand.’”

Baiman reveals she only later heard Irvine’s added live verse, in which he tells all the fascists they’re bound to lose. “If only I’d known when I recorded it, I might just have to put that verse back into the song,” she says.

A plucky banjo line anchors “Never Tire Of The Road” while Baiman’s folksy vocal delivery lands perfectly. Check out the exclusive premiere of the track below.

The 27-year-old Baiman sings and plays well beyond her years. She counts John Hartford among her myriad influences. But her cold-pressed vocal style also sounds reminiscent of alt newcomer Courtney Barnett.

As an instrumentalist, Baiman honed her bluegrass chops on both fiddle and banjo. As a member of fiddle duo 10 String Symphony, Baiman toured internationally and also played for other artists, including Kacey Musgraves.

You can hear all her influences shine through on new solo record Shame, which comes out June 2. Baiman says the songwriting on the album really takes on a new life in the current political climate. As a child, she grew up in a house that embraced social activism. So a music career steeped in the rich tradition of folk activism seems like a natural extension of that upbringing.

Baiman also recently co-founded an organization called Folk Fights Back. The group puts together benefit concerts and awareness events in response to Donald Trump’s administration. In other words, she fits right in with a long line of politically charged folk heroes.

“I love the political tradition of folk music, from Woody Guthrie to Tupac,” she says. “And my hope is that this record adds another voice to it.”

Check out Rachel Baiman on tour this summer and be sure to grab a copy of new album Shame on June 2.


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