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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:
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.
A nice piece on Sweeney’s Men I stumbled upon…
Sweeney’s Men-Sweeney’s Men and The Tracks Of Sweeney.
Label: BGO Records.
One of the bands that emerged from the mid-sixties Irish roots revival was Sweeney’s Men, who were formed in Dublin in May 1966, by Andy Irvine, “Galway Joe” Dolan and Johnny Moynihan. They would be together for just three years, and released two albums, Sweeney’s Men and The Tracks Of Sweeney which were recently remastered and reissued by BGO Records as a two CD set. These two albums feature one of the most important and groundbreaking Irish folk bands who went on to influence a generation of electric folk groups, including Planxty, Moving Hearts, Steeleye Span, and later, groups like The Pogues and Moonshine. By then, Sweeney’s Men story was over.
Four years before Sweeney’s Men was formed, O’Donoghue’s Pub in Dublin was where many Irish folk musicians gravitated and played in the evenings. Those that drank in the pub…
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