70th Birthday Concert

RTE Review: Andy Irvine 70th Birthday Concert Vicar St DVD/CD

Year: 2014

Duration: 91 minutes

Friends and guests gathered to perform with Andy at Vicar Street in 2012, now on CD and DVD

Friends and guests gathered to perform with Andy at Vicar Street in 2012, now on CD and DVD

Through nigh on 50 years Andy Irvine has been a constant star in the firmament of Irish music. Many of us first came to know the legendary musician through Planxty, but those of us of a certain age knew him well before that through his work with Sweeney’s Men.

In that unit, Andy’s comrades were Johnny Moynihan and Terry Woods. Both gentlemen feature on this lively recording of Andy’s celebratory nights at Vicar Street in 2012, when a gang of friends and guests in various combinations – LAPD, Mozaik, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny –  performed with the legendary balladeer.

“Only thing missing here is the audience of 1,000 people singing Happy Birthdayto me!“ writes Andy in the liner notes. “That was very touching. All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better 70th birthday experience.”

The immortal West Coast of Clare – simply one of the greatest love songs ever written – is there towards the end of the set list, which concludes with a version of the always spirited A Blacksmith Courted Me. Many of us first heard these songs on that first Planxty album, sometimes known as `the black album.’ My Heart’s Tonight in Ireland is also in there, another Andy classic that is uniquely his, bearing the stratum of all his musical experience, by way of a deeply touching ode to his native land.

What is Andy’s gift? It can be best evoked in the listener’s sense of one who is at ease with the traditional songs he is singing, be they of English, American or Irish provenance. Central to the gift is that oak-smoked voice and that lyric gift resplendent in his own vivid songs.There is an accompanying DVD featuring five extra tracks from the Vicar St celebrations, which is available from Andy’s website.

As long as Andy Irvine sings about his youth in Eastern Europe and the Balkans where he was inclined to ramble, as long as he invokes precious nights in O’Donoghues on Merrion Row, or recalls that moment he sat down in a pub in Milltown, he has the secret of eternal youth.

Paddy Kehoe

via www.rte.ie

This Sunday 9pm hear in full 70th Birthday Concert CD!

ANDY IRVINE – 70th Birthday Concert @Vicar Street – CD Review by Folk All

Andy Irvine is without doubt one of the most respected, prolific and talented folk musicians to come out of Ireland, and as he reached 70 to mark the milestone he decided to put on a two night show in Dublin surrounded by a gathering of impressive musicians from his past and present.
Andy Irvine


ANDY IRVINE 70th Birthday Concert at Vicar St 2012 : DVD

Update: Hello everybody!
The good news is that the DVD of my Birthday Concert will be released on November 25. I would like to ask everybody who is interested in buying it to put their orders in as soon as possible. Especially those who want to receive it before Christmas?… You can order now! The DVD is Region Free and will play anywhere!!

Andy on Twitter “The good news is that the DVD of my Birthday Concert will be released on 25th November. You can order now! bit.ly/116CFBr”

ANDY IRVINE 70th Birthday Concert at Vicar St 2012 : DVD

DVD on sale NOW!

Track List:
Introduction by Philip King
01. The Handsome Cabin Boy – SWEENEY’S MEN
02. Sally Brown – SWEENEY’S MEN
03. Reynard the Fox – SWEENEY’S MEN
04. The Waxies Dargle – SWEENEY’S MEN
05. Smeseno Horo – MOZAIK
06. Field Holler Medley – MOZAIK
07. Never Tire of the Road – MOZAIK
08. The Last Dance (You Have Confused Me) – MOZAIK with George & Manolis Galiatsos
09. Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore – Andy Irvine & Paul Brady
10. Băneasă’s Green Glade / Dance from Mominsko – Andy Irvine & Paul Brady with Dónal Lunny
11. Mary and the Soldier – Andy Irvine & Paul Brady with Dónal Lunny & Paddy Glackin
12. Martinmas Time / The Little Stack of Wheat – Andy Irvine & Paul Brady with LAPD
13. My Heart’s Tonight in Ireland / West Clare Reel – LAPD
14. O’Donoghue’s – LAPD
15. Kitty’s Rambles / The Humours of Ennistymon – LAPD
16. West Coast of Clare – LAPD
17. A Blacksmith Courted Me / Blacksmithereens – LAPD, Paul Brady & MOZAIK

AVAILABLE now from ANDY’s Website

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Andy Irvine: 70th Birthday Concert at Vicar St 2012 – Irish Times Review

By Siobhan Long

First published:
Fri, Nov 14, 2014, 03:13

The ageless quality of Andy Irvine’s voice wends its way through this celebration, recorded during two concerts in June 2012 to mark his 70th birthday. Many of his multifarious collaborations are here for the taking: from the intimate folk of Sweeney’s Men with Johnny Moynihan and Terry Woods to the storytelling that characterised his work with Paul Brady, not to mention the magnificent rhythmic conundrums of Mozaik. Andy’s latest project, LAPD (with Liam Ó Flynn, Paddy Glackin and Dónal Lunny) provides the backbone of this collection, and the foursome are joined by Brady for a pitch perfect reading of The Jolly Soldier. A notable absence is Planxty, but remarkably, the prolific and highly eclectic nature of Irvine’s output renders the omission almost void. A mighty fine snapshot of a musician still in thrall of his music. andyirvine.com