Happy 79th Birthday, Andy Irvine!

“Happy 79th Birthday, Andy Irvine! To celebrate, we’re revisiting a classic interview with the legendary Irish musician – originally published in Hot Press in 1980.”

read the full interview over on hotpress.com

Archive: Planxty – 1980 Concert Programme

Planxty - Concert Programme

Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Aug. 1980

At the beginning of the sixties there was a tremendous worldwide revival and interest in folk music. The high point of that for many was the growth in popularity of the folk clubs and folk music festivals. Folk music and folk groups were appearing all over Ireland. Many of the groups had very short lives but real musicians were emerging.

These musicians were learning their trade, and they were exchanging songs and dredging them out of old books and from older singers who had carried them for generations. (more…)