Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny

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

The Late Late Show – RTÉ TV – 22nd Jan 2021

Trad music celebration on The Late Late Show

Trad Music Session “The Munster Jig” | The Late Late Show

Last night’s Late Late Show saw a celebration of Irish traditional music with Dónal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Zoë Conway, Frankie Gavin, Louise Mulcahy, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Jim Higgins, Martin O’Connor and Edel Fox.

Andy then sang a rendition of “Sally Brown.”

The group also combined for a beautiful version of “The Maids of Mount Cisco.”

They then dedicated a cover of the song “Sí Beag Sí Mhór”, the song made famous by the late Liam O’Flynn, to his memory and his wife.

Before concluding the night with  “Hers’s a Health & Last Nights Fun.”

source: www.rte.ie/

TradFest: Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny & Friends

TradFest: Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny & Friends – 28th Jan 2021

Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny

Thu, Jan 28, 2021 8:00pm (IST) •
Online •

Temple Bar TradFest has re-imagined the festival for these challenging COVID-19 times – with a series of specially produced events. From Dublin Castle Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny will be joined by guests Maighread and Tríona Dhomhnaill, Eleanor Shanley, Mike Hanrahan, Mark Redmond, Emma Langford, Aoife Scott and Andy Meaney.

Tickets, costing €4.99, are available from https://tradfest.ticketco.events/ie/ie/e/andy_irvine_and_donal_lunny. 

TOUR SCHEDULE: APR – SEP 2020 (subject to change)

Here is the current schedue of Gigs, obviously these events are subject to change due to the current climate.

APRIL 2020

GIGS in IRELAND

Sun 12. Kilkea Castle, Castledermot w/ Dónal Lunny – Postponed
Kilkea Demesne, Castledermot, Co. Kildare, R14 XE97
Tel: +353 (0)59 914 5600
Get Ticket
Thur 23. Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire w/ Dónal Lunny – Rescheduled 16 Sept. 2020
Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Box office: +353 (0)1 231 2929
Get Ticket
Fri 24. Dolan’s, Limerick
3-4 Dock Road, Limerick
Box office: +353 (0)61 314483
Get Ticket

MAY 2020

GIGS in IRELAND

Sat 2. Abbey Tavern, Howth
28 Abbey Road, Howth, Co. Dublin
Box office: +353 (0)1 839 0307
Get Ticket
Sun 3. Carlingford Heritage Centre, Carlingford
Church Road, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Tel: +353 (0)42 937 3454
Get Ticket
Sat 23. Féile Nasc Folk and Traditional Music Festival, Marley Park
Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
Get Ticket
Fri 29. Belturbet Civic Centre, Belturbet, Co. Cavan Get Ticket
Sat 30. Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray w/ Dónal Lunny
Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Box office: +353 (0)1 2724030
Get Ticket

JUNE 2020

GIGS in IRELAND

Fri 12. The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow w/ Dónal Lunny
Dwyer Square, Ballinacor, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
Box office: +353 (0)402 38529
Get Ticket
Fri 19. Jim Dowling Festival, Glengarriff, West Cork w/ Dónal Lunny
Glengarriff Village, West Cork
Tel: +353 (0)87 759 5931
Get Ticket
Sat 20. The White Horse, Ballincollig, Cork w/ Dónal Lunny
West Village, Ballincollig, Cork P31 YA40
Get Ticket

SEPTEMBER 2020

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

Thur 3. Perth Concert Hall, Perth Get Ticket
Sun 6. Waterfront Hall, Belfast Get Ticket
Mon 7. Vicar St, Dublin Get Ticket
Tue 8. Vicar St, Dublin Get Ticket
Fri 11. Royal Theatre, Castlebar Get Ticket