Andy Irvine

Andy Irvine “Old Dog Long Road – Vol.1 (1961-2012)” [AK-8] – New 2CD Retrospective album is out now – October 2019

Andy Irvine was born in 1942 and he started recording for his own enjoyment back in 1960 when
his mother bought him a heavy reel-to-reel tape recorder. ere are some very rare tracks from his
early days even before he became a professional musician and there are recordings of his busking
days in Germany by himself or with Johnny Moynihan. In the early 70s he made some demos for
Planxty in Dublin , one of them from this album, was never recorded. ere are a lot of recordings
from gigs that Andy has played over the last 50 years, mainly solo but some with his musical friends,
Dónal Lunny, Kevin Burke, Jackie Daly, Frankie Gavin, Rens van der Zalm and Gerry O’Berne, to
name but a few. Above all, this double album shows Andy’s remarkable ability to play highly complex
accompaniments at the same time as performing vocals of quality.

Old Dog Long Road

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This is the first volume of recordings I made since 1961. They are not in any way intended as my latest albums and indeed, are issued as a limited edition, meant mainly for the ardent fan! The recordings are not always of studio quality in spite of the masterful sound manipulation of my dear friend the late Tim Martin who did a marvellous job of making even the most dubious old recording listenable. Many thanks to Leon O’Neill who also improved some difficult tracks.

I started recording for my own enjoyment back in 1960 when my mother bought me a heavy reel-to-reel tape recorder. Later I recorded songs so that I wouldn’t forget them and could go back and re-learn them. There are also many recordings made at gigs I have played around the world in the last 40 years. I would like to make special mention and give special thanks to Ray Barron of Cork who recorded so many of my shows in The Lobby Bar in Cork in the 90’s.

The bulk of these recordings are solo but there are some with great musicians I have played with over the years. Many thanks to Dónal Lunny, Rens van der Zalm, Johnny Moynihan, Frankie Gavin, Rick Epping, Kevin Burke, Jackie Daly and Gerry O’Beirne, all of whom appear on this first volume.
Thanks also to Jeremy Kearney for letting me use the Foxrock Folk Club recordings. More from that club in that period, with singers like Ronnie Drew and Luke Kelly, are available on “Live at Foxrock Folk Club – The Parish Hall Tapes 1970-72” (Cornelscourt Records CR 001).
If this album is well received, there will be a clatter more!!

Produced by Andy Irvine

Track list:

[Disc 1]
1. Goodbye Monday Blues (1999)
2. Farewell To Ballymoney (1978)
3. Green Grows The Laurel (2002)
4. King Bore And The Sandman (1978)
5. Down By Greer’s Grove (1995)
6. Dublin Lady (1971)
7. Little Stack Of Wheat / Humours Of Tullycrine (1993)
8. Jack Tar (1971)
9. Viva Zapata (1993)
10. Edward Connors (1986)
11. Lady Leroy (1972)
12. Bonny Light Horseman (1978)

[Disc 2]
1. Lost Train Blues (1971)
2. Captain Colston (1995)
3. Kilgrain Hare (1985)
4. Chetvorno Horo (1993)
5. Reuben’s Train (1968)
6. Longford Weaver / Christmas Eve (1978)
7. Come All Ye Fisher Lassies (1969)
8. Captain Thunderbolt (1995)
9. Seamen Three (1981)
10. Truckin’ Little Baby (1961)
11. The Titanic (2012)
12. Sweet Lisbweemore (1995)




Fri 1. The Ram Folk Club
@The Old Cranleighans Rugby Club, Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0HB
Booking info: +44 (0)20 8686 9421
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Sat 2. The Tolmen Centre
Fore Street, Constantine, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5AA
Booking info: +44 (0)1326 341353
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Sun 3. The Bell Inn
103 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BW
Booking info: +44 (0)1225 460426
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Mon 4. Nettlebed Village Club
The Village Club, High Street, Nettlebed, NR Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 5DD
Booking info: +44 (0)1628 636620
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Tue 5. Huntingdon Hall
Crowngate, Worcester, WR1 3LD
Booking info: +44 (0)1905 611427
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Wed 6. Eyemouth Hippodrome
Harbour Road, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, TD14 5HS
Booking info: +44 (0)1890 750099
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Thur 7. The Globe
144 High St W, Glossop, SK13 8HJ
Booking info: +44 (0)1457 852417
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Fri 8. The Last Inn
Hengoed, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7EU
Booking info: +44 (0)11691 650294
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Sat 16. Coastguard Cultural Centre
Love Ln, Tramore, Co. Waterford
Booking info: +353 (0)51 391656
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Sat 23. Drogheda Arts Centre w/ Dónal Lunny
Stockwell Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Booking info: +353 (0)41 98 33946
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Sep. 30th 2019 Athens Celtic Festival, Greece