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Irish Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist Andy Irvine to Play in Winston-Salem 

The Fiddle and Bow Society has been bringing outstanding traditional and contemporary folk artists to the Triad for 33 years. That tradition continues this weekend when one of the most important members of the Irish music revival makes a rare appearance in Winston-Salem.  Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of many seminal bands Andy Irvine will perform in the intimate confines of the Community Arts Cafe. The performance in downtown Winston-Salem on Friday night, June 13th begins at 8:00 PM. The Irish Times describes Andy as “Often copied, never equaled”, and the Sydney Morning News says “His playing is never less than breathtaking”. It was in the Australian Outback that the Woody Guthrie devotee recorded his new CD “Parachilna“.  In today’s show we sample from his rendition of I Wish I was In Belfast Town.


Listen: RTE Radio 1 – The Rolling Wave – Andy Irvine talks to Peter Browne…

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RTE radio 1 from 10pm-11pm today. “The Rolling Wave”. Andy Irvine talks to Peter Browne about the recording of his album “Parachilna” in Australia. Or if you are busy tonight, you can hear it on RTE radio player. Always a pleasure talking to Peter!

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Irish Examiner Interview

Andy Irvine’s soundtrack to a road trip

Andy Irvine recorded his new album while camping in the Outback, says Gerry Quinn.

FOLK musician, Andy Irvine, has called his latest album Parachilna, after a country town in south Australia. It is a collaboration with Rens Van Der Zalm, of the band, Mozaik, and was recorded during a road-trip through the Outback in the bitter winter of July 2012. 

The ten tracks were recorded in historic woolsheds, shearers’ quarters and abandoned schoolhouses. 

Irvine, the founding member of seminal folk bands such as Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, Patrick Street and Mozaik, is touring Australia and New Zealand until March. He says of the record’s genesis. “We made a decision, Rens and myself, to travel to the Outback and make the album. And it is what it is,” he says. “I’ve been playing with Rens for about 30 years or so, and we had a repertoire and we learned a few more songs. The album is half-and-half (Irish and Australian songs) and we recorded 15 or 16 tracks. So we still have four or five out there, so maybe we’ll make another album next year. But the actual journey was more important that the recording.” 

Despite a career spanning 50 years, Irvine is not slowing down. He loves the road and the travelling. “I’ve been coming to Australia for about 30 years and I really love it, because of its size. I have this mad thing about driving long distances. I should have been a long-distance driver really,” he says. “I enjoy the travel, the journey, the change of scenery — just the whole thing of travelling is so important to me. I’m lucky I can do it. I bought a Land Cruiser some years ago, in Perth, and I drove it back to Melbourne. It took me a week and I just loved it.” 

While recording Parachilna in the wilderness, Irvine and Van Der Zalm camped, and kept warm by building fires out of old railway sleepers. 

Luxury was not an option on this trip and Irvine reveals some of the hardships. “The days were rarely warm and the nights were bitterly cold. ‘Dressing for bed’ involved putting on a thermal vest, thermal leggings, thick socks, being fully dressed with a woollen coat, woolly hat and warm gloves,” he says. 

Even so, Irvine is preparing to explore Australia’s vastness once more, in the near future. 

“We’re planning another trip later this year,” he says excitedly, in the manner of a schoolboy about to embark on a lifetime adventure. “I was just sitting here with a couple of friends, wondering where we will go. It’s such a big country that it takes you a week to get to the place you want to be and another week to get back.” 

As part of this antipodean tour, which began in December and continues until mid-March, Irvine has played to audiences big and small. 

“I’ve just done a festival in Illawarra, which is about 80km south of Sydney. It was great,” he says. 

“It’s such a lovely festival. I have a following and they come to my gigs and that’s good enough for me. If I had a few more thousand people, I’d be a bit richer,” he laughs, “but I love the people who love me.” 

When the musical troubadour returns in the spring, he has a full schedule of gigs in Ireland, the UK and the US, before returning to Australia once more. 

Andy Irvine’s new CD, Parachilna, is out now and he plays a series of solo Irish gigs in March to promote it. Further information:

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RTE Radio 1 Album of the Week is Parachilna!

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