Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny

On Tour Sept-Dec 2022

SEPTEMBER 2022

GIGS in IRELAND

Mon 5.Dún Laoghaire Folk Festival 2022, at Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
w/ Usher’s Island – Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin and Michael McGoldrick
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Sat 10.KAM, Kinvara Community Centre
“Tickets already purchased for postponed concert in May will be honoured.”
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Thur 15.Clonakilty International Guitar Festival, at De Barra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty, West CorkGet Ticket
Fri 16.Clonakilty International Guitar Festival, The Acoustic Forum – Scoil na mBuachailli at De Barra’s Folk ClubGet Ticket

OCTOBER 2022

SOLO TOUR in UK

Sat 1.Winchester Folk Club, at Hyde Tavern, WinchesterGet Ticket
Sun 2.Kitchen Garden Café, BirminghamGet Ticket
Mon 3.Nettlebed Folk Club, at The Village Club, Nettlebed, nr Henley on ThamesGet Ticket
Tue 4.Stratford Playhouse, StratfordGet Ticket
Wed 5.Cambridge Junction, CambridgeGet Ticket
Thur 6.London Irish Centre, LondonGet Ticket
Fri 7.Roots Music Club, at Ukrainian Centre, DoncasterGet Ticket
Sat 8.Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon TyneGet Ticket
Sun 9.Alnwick Playhouse, AlnwickGet Ticket
Wed 12.Brewery Arts, KendalGet Ticket
Thur 13.Settle Victoria Hall, SettleGet Ticket
Fri 14.Reeth Memorial Hall, Richmond, North YorkshireGet Ticket

GIGS in UK & IRELAND

Sat 15.Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, London
w/Usher’s Island – Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle
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Sun 16.Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, London
w/Usher’s Island – Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle
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Fri 28St Augustine’s Church, DerryGet Ticket

NOVEMBER 2022

GIGs in NORWAY

Sat 12.Riksscenen, OsloGet Ticket

ANDY IRVINE & PAUL BRADY “A Celebration Of A Classic Album”
featuring Dónal Lunny & Kevin Burke

Thur 17.Royal Theatre, CastlebarGet Ticket
Sat 19.Perth Concert Hall, PerthGet Ticket
Sun 20.Waterfront Hall, BelfastGet Ticket
Mon 21.Vicar St, DublinGet Ticket
Tue 22.Vicar St, DublinGet Ticket

DECEMBER 2022

GIGs in IRELAND

Thur 1.Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge w/ Dónal LunnyGet Ticket

Andy Irvine On Tour 2022

Gigs

APRIL 2022

GIGS in IRELAND/EUROPE

Sat 23.Mill Theatre, DundrumGet Ticket
Wed 27.Copenhagen Folk ClubGet Ticket

MAY 2022

SOLO TOUR in UK

Mon 9.Croydon Folk Club, @Ruskin House, Croydon, SurreyGet Ticket
Tue 10.Dartford Folk Club, Dartford, KentGet Ticket
Wed 11.Kings Place, LondonGet Ticket
Thur 12.Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, SuffolkGet Ticket
Fri 13.Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, West SussexGet Ticket
Sat 14.The Greystones, SheffieldGet Ticket
Sun 15.Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, LiverpoolGet Ticket
Mon 16.Black Swan Folk Club, @the Crescent Club, YorkGet Ticket
Tue 17.St David’s Hall, CardiffGet Ticket
Wed 18.Exeter Phoenix, ExeterGet Ticket
Thur 19.The Fleece Inn, BretfortonGet Ticket
Fri 20.Valley Folk Club, @Glais Rugby Football Club, SwanseaGet Ticket
Sat 21.Lewes Saturday Folk Club, @Elephant & Castle, LEWES, East SussexGet Ticket

GIGS in IRELAND

Sat 28.KAM, KinvaraGet Ticket

JUNE 2022

GIGS in IRELAND

Thur 16.Jim Dowling Festival, Glengarriff w/Dónal LunnyGet Ticket
Fri 17.Monroe’s Tavern, Galway w/Dónal LunnyGet Ticket
Mon 20.Andy Irvine 80th Birthday Concert, at Vicar St. Dublin
Featuring: Paul Brady / Dónal Lunny / Paddy Glackin / John Doyle / Mike McGoldrick / Bruce Molsky / Rens van der Zalm / Nikola Parov / Ágnes Herczku / Chrysoula K.
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Fri 24.Courthouse, Tinahely w/Dónal LunnyGet Ticket
Sat 25.Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Co. Kilkenny w/Dónal LunnyGet Ticket

NOVEMBER 2022

ANDY IRVINE & PAUL BRADY “A Celebration Of A Classic Album”
featuring Dónal Lunny & Kevin Burke

Thur 17.Royal Theatre, CastlebarGet Ticket
Sat 19.Perth Concert Hall, PerthGet Ticket
Sun 20.Waterfront Hall, BelfastGet Ticket
Mon 21.Vicar St, DublinGet Ticket
Tue 22.Vicar St, DublinGet Ticket

Andy Irvine announces Vicar Street show to celebrate 80th birthday

KATE BRAYDEN

Tickets to see Andy Irvine and friends cost €45 (including booking fee), and will go on general sale this Thursday, March 17th at 10am.

Andy Irvine will mark his 80th birthday with a show at Vicar Street Dublin on Monday, June 20th this year.

The veteran musician will perform alongside special guests Paul Brady, Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, John Doyle, Mike McGoldrick, Bruce Molsky, Rens Van Der Zalm, Chrysoula K, Nikola Parov and Ágnes Herczku.

Multi-instrumentalist and trad/folk singer-songwriter Andy Irvine has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his over 50-year career.

Having been been hailed as “a tradition in himself”, Andy has been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s. Irvine and Lunny recently revisited their self-titled debut album for the Hot Press Up Close and Personal series.

Following Planxty, Irvine joined fellow trad outfits Patrick Street, Mozaik, LAPD and recently Usher’s Island. Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians in his time.

As a soloist, the performer fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie. His repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes and a compelling canon of his own self-penned songs.

During the various Covid-19 lockdowns in Ireland, the folk legend finally managed to compile the material together for his own Woody Guthrie album and recorded the results.

“I’d been planning to do a Woody Guthrie album for four years now, care to remember,” he told Hot Press late last year, smiling. “I got it together and I recorded everything, and now it awaits other people’s inputs. He’s my first and main influence. I’ll have to relearn all this material I’ve recorded, but I’m looking forward to it.”

“I’ve booked Vicar Street in June to celebrate my 80th birthday, because 10 years ago I played two gigs there for my 70th birthday with a couple of bands,” Irvine added. “Sweeney’s Man, Mosaik, and LAPD with Paddy Glackin and Liam O’Flynn. That gig was a great success. We put it together on a CD and on a DVD, and I don’t see why I shouldn’t do it again for my 80th. Then I’d be looking forward to my 90th!”

Tickets €45 (including booking fee) on general sale Thursday 17th March at 10am.

Revisit Andy Irvine’s 2021 Hot Press interview here.

Live report: Up Close and Personal with Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny at The Grand Social

Hot Press presents Up Close & Personal with… Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine from PLANXTY at The Grand Social, Dublin.

Chelsea Henderson

CHELSEA HENDERSON

Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny revisited their 1973 album Planxty on Tuesday night, as part of the Up Close and Personal series at the Grand Social. The Up Close and Personal series is run in partnership by Hot `Press and Aidan Shortall of Up Close and Personal promotions, and is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

In 1973, Irish folk group Planxty released their eponymous debut album. Musicians Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Christy Moore and Liam O’Flynn transformed the landscape of Irish music, representing a pivotal moment in the evolution of Irish traditional music.

As part of the Up Close and Personal series, Irvine and Lunny revisited their legendary album, speaking with Hot Press’ Pat Carty about their lives and careers leading up to – and beyond – the creation of Planxty. Donal Lunny, Pat Carty and Andy Irvine. Hot Press presents Up Close & Personal with… Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine from PLANXTY at The Grand Social, Dublin.

Produced by Phil Coulter, who had a bit of a laissez-faire approach since the Planxty musicians had a clear-cut vision for their eponymous album, Planxty was a revolutionary album, sparking a wave of excitement in the Irish folk and trad community. As described by Carty, the work of Irvine and Lunny – and their Planxty cohorts – represented a “seismic shift” in the Irish folk idiom, due to their innovative mixing of ballads and tunes. For the musicians, however, the process was an organic one, driven by a love and passion for the music itself.

“I’m not sure that any of us really understood the success we acquired,” said Irvine. “It’s what we did.”

“It’s not that we had no control of it,” added Lunny, “but it’s what we loved.”

Throughout the night, Carty guided the musicians through their careers, talking about how they got to where they are now. For Lunny, he discovered music alongside fellow Irish folk icon (and Planxty man) Christy Moore. During sessions at Pat Downing’s, he found a like-minded community – and a new obsession.

“That’s really where I developed a passion for traditional music,” said Lunny about his times at Pat Downing’s.

Elsewhere, Irvine was an actor in London, where he was born and had spent much of his childhood.

“I was a child actor, and I was very good,” he admitted with a laugh. “I say that without conceit because all child actors are good.”

When he finally moved to Dublin, he said that he “found the niche in life [he] was looking for.”

After listening to the album’s opening track, ‘Raggle Taggle Gypsy’, Irvine and Lunny began their first live performance, ‘Arthur McBride’. From their seats on stage, the two men exuded a commanding presence and showcased their powerful musicianship. The song – by now an Irish folk standard – which expresses an anti-war sentiment, was greeted by huge applause from the crowd. Hot Press presents Up Close & Personal with… Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine from PLANXTY at The Grand Social, Dublin.

In between listens to ‘Planxty Irwin’, ‘Sweet Thames Flow Softly’ and ‘Junior Crehan’s Favourite – Corney Is Coming’, the musicians discussed their times on the road, the introduction of the bouzouki into Irish music, and where the name ‘Planxty’ came from – though it seems that both Irvine and Lunny were unsure of the origin of the latter word.

“It could have derived from the word ‘sláinte’,” Lunny started to explain. “You grow into the name, and the name becomes novel.”

‘The West Coast of Clare’ was the second track performed live, featuring delicate and precise backing on the musicians’ instruments. With the audience hanging on every note, the song’s deep emotions could be felt throughout the venue.

This was followed by the recorded versions of ‘The Jolly Beggar – Reel’, ‘Only Our Rivers’ and ‘Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór.’

Though Planxty’s ‘Follow Me Up To Carlow’ and ‘Merrily Kissed The Quaker’ went unplayed for time reasons – there was so much great conversation, the night flew! – the duo finished the evening with a performance of ‘The Blacksmith’. The Eastern European-influenced track is unique in its time signature and quirks, highlighting Irvine and Lunny’s incredible musicianship. Fingers were flying on both bouzouki and mandolin, the music filled with a passion that clearly hasn’t diminished since the original release of the album in 1973.

The final song was greeted by a standing ovation from a raucous crowd, who were whooping, hollering and cheering for the legendary musicians, capping off another excellent night of the Up Close and Personal series at The Grand Social. Hot Press presents Up Close & Personal with… Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine from PLANXTY at The Grand Social, Dublin.

See more pictures from Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny: Up Close and Personal here.

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Andy Irvine – Gigs aplenty! IRE / UK / GER / NL

SEPTEMBER 2021

Andy’s back on the road! Never Tire!

GIGS in IRELAND

Fri 17.Dolan’s, LimerickGet Ticket
Sat 18.The Doolin Sessions @Hotel DoolinGet Ticket
Sun 19.Carlingford Heritage Centre, Carlingford w/Zoë Conway & John McIntyreGet Ticket
Tue 21.The White Horse, Ballincollig w/Dónal LunnyGet Ticket
Fri 24.The Hot Spot Music Club, Greystones – Reschedule to October 22Get Ticket
Sat 25.- Sun 26.Hibernacle Presents “Meet Me At The Castle” @Claregalway CastleGet Ticket

OCTOBER 2021

SOLO TOUR in UK

Sun 3.Laugharne Weekend Festival, West WalesGet Ticket
Tue 5.Live at the Star, GLASGOW – PostponedGet Ticket
Thur 7.Live at Sam’s, SHEFFIELDGet Ticket
Fri 8.Blaxhall Sessions, BLAXHALLGet Ticket
Sun 10.The Irish Cultural Centre, LONDONGet Ticket
Mon 11.The Garret Sessions, @TADS Theatre, TODDINGTONGet Ticket
Tue 12.Kitchen Garden Café, BIRMINGHAMGet Ticket

GIGS in IRELAND

Fri 15.Cyprus Avenue, CorkGet Ticket
Thur 21.Spiegeltent, WexfordGet Ticket
Fri 22.The Hot Spot Music Club, GreystonesGet Ticket

ANDY IRVINE & PAUL BRADY “A Celebration Of A Classic Album”
featuring Dónal Lunny & Kevin Burke

-ALL ORIGINAL TICKETS REMAIN VALID-

Sun 17.Cork Opera House, Cork – Reschedule to 24th January 2022Get Ticket
Wed 20.Royal Theatre, Castlebar – Reschedule to 30th January 2022Get Ticket
Thur 21.Vicar St, Dublin – Reschedule to 31st January 2022Get Ticket
Fri 22.Vicar St, Dublin – Reschedule to 1st February 2022Get Ticket
Sun 24.Perth Concert Hall, Perth – Reschedule to 26th January 2022Get Ticket
Mon 25.Waterfront Hall, Belfast – Reschedule to 28th January 2022Get Ticket

SOLO TOUR in GERMANY & NETHERLANDS

Thurs 28.Katholische Kirche, HattingenGet Ticket
Fri 29.Heimathaus, Rotenburg/WümmeGet Ticket
Sat 30.Kleinkunstbühne, MeissenGet Ticket
Sun 31.Haus Schulenburg, GeraGet Ticket

NOVEMBER 2021

SOLO TOUR in GERMANY & NETHERLANDS

Tue 2.Kulturmanufaktur Gerstenberg, Frankfurt/OderGet Ticket
Wed 3.Alter Gasometer, ZwickauGet Ticket
Thur 4.ufaFabrik, BerlinGet Ticket
Fri 5.Osdorf Heidbarghof, HamburgGet Ticket
Sat 6.Künstlerzeche Unser Fritz 2/3, HerneGet Ticket
Sun 7.Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant Boschoord, OisterwijkGet Ticket
Mon 8.Irish Folk Club im Stemmerhof, MünchenGet Ticket
Tue 9.360°Gasometer, PforzheimGet Ticket
Wed 10.Folk im Feuerschlösschen, Bad HonnefGet Ticket
Fri 12.Pumpwerk, HockenheimGet Ticket
Sat 13.Club Kuckucksei, NürtingenGet Ticket
Sun 14.Venue-TBA, BüdingenGet Ticket