Andy Irvine & Rens Van Der Zalm

Irish Times Album Review: Andy Irvine with Rens van der Zalm: Parachilna

Album: Parachilna
Artist: Andy Irvine with Rens van der Zalm
Label: Independent Release
Genre: Traditional

Renewable energy powers the music of Andy Irvine. He’s always in hot pursuit of new perspectives, and his more recent live performances have been invigorated by collaborations with Liam Ó Floinn, Paddy Glackin and Dónal Lunny. Parachilna is a horse of an altogether wilder disposition. Saddling up with fellow Mozaik member Rens van der Zalm on fiddle, guitar, mandolin and viola, Irvine embarks on an Outback adventure in southAustralia. It’s a mix of Aussie and Irish songs, recorded organically with voice, harmonica and strings to the fore. The only pity is that there aren’t more Australian numbers, but Irvine’s own composition, Douglas Mawson (recalling the Antarctic explorer’s fateful expedition), is a reminder of how much at home he is in the Antipodes. A fine if fleeting snapshot of a musician ever in pursuit of the story and the


New Album is out now! "PARACHILNA"

New Album is out now!

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Andy Irvine with Rens van der Zalm

To be released on 13th Nov.2013
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 – Recorded in the Australian Outback –
 Released on 13th November 2013

1. I wish I was in Belfast Town (Trad. arr. Andy Irvine) 5:13
2. Come to the Bower (Trad. arr. Andy Irvine) 5:06
3. Billy Far Out (Andy Irvine) 3:34
4. Sergeant Small (Trad. arr. Andy Irvine) 4:04
5. The Dandenong (Trad. arr. Kate Burke / Andy Irvine) 4:41
6. Braes of Moneymore (Trad. arr. Andy Irvine) 4:02
7. Outlaw Frank Gardiner (Trad. arr. Andy Irvine) 3:28
8. He Fades Away (Alistair Hulett) 3:58
9. Farewell to Kellswater (Trad. arr. Andy Irvine) 5:27
10. Douglas Mawson (Andy Irvine) 6:40

Produced by Andy Irvine & Rens van der Zalm

Andy Irvine’s new album is called “PARACHILNA” – the name of a tiny town between the desert and the Flinders Range mountains in South Australia where a lot of it was recorded.
With thanks to the Prairie Hotel!

Andy and his good friend and musical companion, Rens van der Zalm recorded 10 tracks in various woolsheds, shearers quarters and school rooms in the area during a wonderful journey in the Australian winter of July 2012.

The songs were recorded in the ‘wild’ but thanks to modern technology and the skill of recording, editing and mixing engineers, the finished article sounds much like a studio recording.

As a frequent visitor to Australia over the last 30 years, Andy has always been very interested in Australian folk music and has wanted to make an Australian album. This is nearly it!
However, The songs are a mixture of Irish and Australian.
Andy & Rens play and sing songs from their Irish repertoire like “Kellswater”, “Rambling Boys of Pleasure”,
“Come to the Bower” and Australian songs that Andy has either written during his travels there or traditional songs like “Sergeant Small” and “Frank Gardiner”.

Andy plays mandola, bouzouki, harmonica and sings and Rens plays fiddle, guitar, mandolin, viola and sings harmony. The songs were recorded live.

Andy will be on tour in Australia & New Zealand between December 2013 and March 2014.

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