Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb

Sunday with Miriam – Sunday 25 February 2018

 Founding member of popular bands such as Sweeney’s Men and Planxty, musician Andy Irvine spoke with Miriam and played a couple of tunes. 

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Music Played on the Show

The Blacksmith - Andy Irvine (Live in studio)

Here's A Health To Every Miner Lad - Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb (From 'Precious Heroes' album)


Album Review: The Australian – Precious Heroes

Precious Heroes

Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb


3.5 stars

Recorded at various locations over four months last year, Precious Heroes twins a venerable lion king of the late-20th-century Irish folk music revival with a Tasmanian tiger of the new millennium. Andy Irvine’s mandolas and bouzouki and the mandolin, guitar and bouzouki (predominantly the first-named) of producer and sound engineer Luke Plumb intertwine and dovetail as intricately and expertly as might be expected of two outstanding instrumentalists. Their expertise is perfectly showcased in the album’s three non-vocal tracks, assisted by Mike McGoldrick’s fluent flute and whistle in Plumb’s riveting reel medley The Appeal to Reason/The Fiddle in the Phones and in Tune for Angus, appropriately with John McCusker’s poignant violin in the Aussie’s lament to his recently passed partner in Shooglenifty, Angus R. Grant. In the jaunty Trip to Tir na nOg — a tune originally earmarked for Planxty — Irvine’s mandola and bouzouki dance delightfully in tandem. The remainder of the album puts a premium on Irvine’s vocal ability. While the troubadour’s singing might not quite be what it was in his heyday with Planxty and Patrick Street, it’s still admirably tuneful, as exemplified by the beautiful timbre exhibited in the co-composition Niamh and Oisin and in lower register on a late-18th-century resistance song Dunlavin Green. Elsewhere, Irvine slips slides and other ornamentation into the fabric of familiar melodies given added colour by the lusty harmony singing of Aussie duo Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton.

Tony Hillier



Second Line Music Presents


6:00pm, Thu 15 March, 2018
Spotted Mallard, MELBOURNE, VIC

Event Details


The collaboration between the legendary Andy Irvine (Sweeney’s Men/Patrick Street/Planxy/Mozaik) and mandolin maestro Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty) is one of the most thrilling in recent times, resulting in the wonderful 2017 studio album Precious Heroes.

“We were moved to make an album, which in part, recognised some of the great, largely unknown, men and women who shaped working class and cultural roots. Through the hardship, sadness, adversity and tragedy, triumphant stories remain. We share the history and continue to share the hope. This album is dedicated to those precious heroes”. Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb

Andy has been “one of the towering talents on the international folk scene” (Sydney Morning Herald) for more than 40 years, while Luke has established a reputation as a driving force in acoustic music on the global stage.

These two masters of their craft will be appearing at The Spotted Mallard as a part of the 2018 Brunswick Music Festival, in their only Melbourne show.

This show is the 2018 Louis McManus Memorial Concert. No one captured the ‘heart and soul’ of Brunswick Music Festival more than Louis McManus, who passed away in 2004. The Annual Louis McManus Memorial Concert has been presented as a part of the Brunswick Music Festival every year since 2005 and it is a wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate the music and the friendship that we all shared with Louis.

This will be a huge night. Make sure you book early for the best reserved seats….. all roads lead to The Spotted Mallard!

“Andy is one of the most creative and talented people it has ever been my privilege to work with. Great company, superb singer, genius of a musician, truly original songwriter and an inspiration to all of us – what more could anyone ask?” Dick Gaughan

Andy Irvine’s solo stage show is a musical travelogue through time and space. His right hand dexterity on bouzouki was nothing short of amazing. Frets Magazine

Andy Irvine is Ireland’s Woody Guthrie, with a philosopher’s ear and a prophet’s passionate voice. He is also a stunning singer and instrumentalist who weaves melody and texture, harmony and rhythm, into a rich tapestry of present and past. Si Kahn

Andy Irvine is a true legend of the Irish music scene; when barely twenty one and already an ardent follower of Woody Guthrie, Andy arrived in Dublin from London in the early sixties to immerse himself in a whole new world of folk and traditional music Dublin style. By the end of the decade he had made an album with his first serious band Sweeney’s Men, travelled in Bulgaria and Romania and on returning to Dublin with three other like-minded young musicians formed the legendary band Planxty.

The band’s first album was released in 1972 and is widely acknowledged one of the most important albums ever released in the genre. Planxty went on to record another six brilliant albums, the individual members on to form numerous other well-known bands, and in Andy’s case Patrick Street and Mozaik.

Through his work with Shooglenifty, Peter Daffy and as a Solo performer, Luke Plumb has established a reputation as a driving force in acoustic music on the global stage. With eleven albums and numerous other guest appearances under his belt, Luke has cemented his standing in the world of mandolin players. But he is equally at home playing melody on the banjo or accompanying on the bouzouki and guitar. His skills as a session musician have seen Luke playing with musicians from many genres around the world!

Pre-Sale: Reserved Seats $35 (+b/f)
Pre-sale: General Admission $30 (+b/f)
On the night: $35 at the door
Doors and Dinner: 6.00pm – Showtime: 8.00pm

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