Andy Irvine

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
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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
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Fri 24. Dolan’s, Limerick
3-4 Dock Road, Limerick
Box office: +353 (0)61 314483
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MAY 2020

GIGS in IRELAND

Sat 2. Abbey Tavern, Howth
28 Abbey Road, Howth, Co. Dublin
Box office: +353 (0)1 839 0307
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Sun 3. Carlingford Heritage Centre, Carlingford
Church Road, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Tel: +353 (0)42 937 3454
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Sat 23. Féile Nasc Folk and Traditional Music Festival, Marley Park
Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
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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
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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
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Fri 19. Jim Dowling Festival, Glengarriff, West Cork w/ Dónal Lunny
Glengarriff Village, West Cork
Tel: +353 (0)87 759 5931
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Sat 20. The White Horse, Ballincollig, Cork w/ Dónal Lunny
West Village, Ballincollig, Cork P31 YA40
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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

Andy Irvine – Old Dog Long Road Vol. 1 (Promo Video)

Boston Irish Album Review – Old Dog Long Road Vol. 1

If you haven’t already been thoroughly impressed, mesmerized or just plain gob-smacked by Irvine’s body of work over the years, then this double-CD set will do the trick; heck, you’ll appreciate it even if you’ve memorized everything in the Irvine catalogue from “As I Roved Out” to “Way Out Yonder.”

“Old Dog” comprises rare, mostly heretofore unreleased recordings – made in studios, concert halls, pubs, and even at home – dating from 1961, when he was still a promising young actor (with TV and film appearances alongside the likes of Peter Sellers and Laurence Harvey), to 2012, by which time he had established his considerable legacy not only as a gifted singer but as an innovative musician capable of integrating seemingly disparate musical genres (Irish, Balkan, American/old-timey), an astute collector and skillful arranger of traditional ballads, and an eloquent songwriter who draws on historical figures, social issues and his own life experiences.

“Old Dog, Long Road” is not a greatest hits-type compilation: There’s no “Never Tire of the Road,” “My Heart’s Tonight in Ireland,” “The Blacksmith” or “Indiana.” But you get solo versions of “Viva Zapata,” “Sweet Lisbweemore,” “Bonny Light Horseman” and “Kilgrain Hare,” certainly no less deserving of attention, as well as “King Bore and the Sandman” (taken from the “Rainy Sundays/Windy Dreams” album), which demonstrates Irvine’s well-crafted sense of humor. In addition to solo tracks, there are others that offer tantalizing glimpses of, or antecedents to, his renowned partnerships, such as with Johnny Moynihan (Sweeney’s Men), Donal Lunny (Planxty, Mozaik), Rens van der Zalm (Mozaik) and Gerry O’Beirne, Kevin Burke and Jackie Daly (Patrick Street).

One thing this album underscores is just how strongly Irvine was influenced by American folk music in his younger days – in particular Woody Guthrie, whose “upside-down” harmonica style (a welcome presence on much of “Old Dog”) Irvine learned – and how it has remained a part of his musical identity even as he explored other vistas: from the brush-style Carter Family guitar stroke, as heard on 1971 recordings of him playing Guthrie’s “Lost Train Blues” and “Dublin Lady” (which Irvine co-authored with American poet Patrick Carroll), to his renditions of “The Titanic” (recorded 2012) and Guthrie’s poignant, autobiographical “Seamen Three” (1981). A must-listen is his take on “Truckin’ Little Baby,” a Blind Boy Fuller song he taped at home in 1961 – complete with bluesy guitar accompaniment and affected American accent.

“Old Dog” is not arranged chronologically, and that’s one of its many virtues. Sure, on the one hand it would be interesting to witness Irvine’s musical development over time – how did he progress from straight-backed American-style guitar to melodic, intricate bouzouki, or from old-timey songs in 2/4 to Bulgarian tunes in 7/16 – all the while equally at home in traditional Irish instrumental music? But the non-linear sequence of tracks drives home the point that all these incarnations of Irvine, instead of being temporary destinations along the way, remain present in the man, even if some are more readily seen than others.

Besides, it makes for some fascinating and revealing juxtapositions. For instance, on the second disc there is a live track of Irvine and Zalm (on fiddle) playing “Chetvorno Horo,” displaying Irvine’s prowess on bouzouki; this is followed by an astounding home recording from 1968 of Irvine singing an American traditional song, “Reuben’s Train,” with modal, old-timey mandolin; and then a cut from “Rainy Sundays/Windy Dreams,” as Irvine (on mandolin, harmonica and hurdy-gurdy – the latter sadly gone now from his instrumentation) sings the splendid “Longford Weaver,” joined by Lunny, Frankie Gavin on fiddle and Rick Epping on jew’s harp, and segueing into a wonderful turn on the reel “Christmas Eve.”

Dedicated Irvine fans, of course, no doubt have their own wish-list of rarities they’d like to hear, and some may wonder about the absence of one prominent Irvine collaborator here: Paul Brady. It bears pointing out that “Old Dog” is in fact sub-titled “Volume 1,” and in the liner notes Irvine writes, “If this album is well received, there will be a clatter more!” Hard to imagine Volume 2 being able to meet the standard set by 1, but many of us would love to find out for ourselves. [andyirvine.com]

By Sean Smith

Andy Irvine, “Old Dog, Long Road Vol. 1”

source: www.bostonirish.com