Archive: Andy Irvine – Noise TV, Channel 31, 2004

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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

Andy Irvine on his way to Port Fairy Folk Festival

Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb are on their way to Port Fairy Folk Festival in support of their new album “Precious Heroes” (released Feb 14th 2018) Andy is part of a strong contingent of Irish performers coming to the Folkie.

Andy Irvine, who is an established solo act as well as having played with a number of Irish groups, including Planxty, will form a duo with Australia’s Luke Plumb for the festival.

He will form the Irish part of the Exile – Songs and Tales of Irish Australia, along with John Spillane, Pauline Scanlon and John McSherry. Andy will also perform concerts with Australia’s own Luke Plumb.

Killarney singer-songwriter Shane Howard is the creative director for the Exile show while Koroit Lake School tutor Ewen Baker is the musical director.

Other Lake School regulars including Paddy Fitzgerald and Jack Brennan will also be part of the show, as will Warrnambool musician John Hudson.

Exile will be performed twice at the festival, the first on stage one on the Friday night and on stage three on Saturday night.

Performer times have been released with all music acts playing multiple shows.

Some of the headline acts for the festival include the Black Sorrows, Archie Roach, Tex, Don and Charlie, Mental as Anything, Jordie Lane & the Sleepers, the Twin Topps, All Our Exes Live In Texas and Jeff Lang.

Renowned academic Geoffrey Robertson is also on the bill. He will present a show on the Saturday afternoon of the festival in stage three.

Tickets for the festival, to be held on the weekend of March 9-12, are still available but selling fast.

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Tour Updates: MAR 2018 – Australian Tour w/ Luke Plumb

MARCH 2018


Andy heads back to Oz in support of his new album with Luke Plumb (Released worldwide Feb 14th 2018)

Fri 2 – Sun 4. Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW w/ Luke Plumb, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton Get Ticket
Fri 9 – Mon 12. Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC w/ Luke Plumb Get Ticket
Thur 15. Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VICw/ Luke Plumb
314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, VIC 3056
Booking info: Second Line Music
Get Ticket
Sat 17. Under the Sun Cafe, Strathbogie Ranges, VIC w/ Luke Plumb
14 Main St, Strathbogie, VIC 3666
Show 7.45pm
Booking info: +61 490 774 070 Email
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Fri 23. Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge, Fairlight NSWw/ Luke Plumb
3 William St, Fairlight (the old church off Sydney Rd), NSW 2094
Doors 7pm / Show 7.30pm
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Sat 24. Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham NSWw/ Luke Plumb
77 Brighton St, Petersham, NSW 2049
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Fri 30 – Mon April 2. National Folk Festival, w/ Luke Plumb Get Ticket

Andy & Luke on ABC Radio National’s The Music Show


Andy Irvine was born in London of Irish roots. His career has taken him from traditional Irish and English folk songs to traditional music of Bulgaria, Greece and Hungary and the latter changed his output forever. From his early Irish folk days with Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Donal Lunny, Andy’s helped turn the sound of folk music from an unaccompanied form to include bazouki’s, gaida’s and the kaval, but always resisting drum kits and bass guitar. He’s in for a live set with mandolinist Luke Plumb.

Music played live in this segment:
Farewell to Kellswater (Trad. Sam Henry collection)
Frank Ryan (comp. Irvine)

abc-radio-melbourne-andy-lukePerformed on bass mandola and mandolins by Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb

Producer: Penny Lomax