The pages below contain Andy's (almost) complete
Andy Irvine (solo and collaborative projects)
Through all the years of playing with
various bands, Andy has maintained his individualism and singular
passion for songs and music that stretch the boundaries of traditional music. Whether it be blending
Eastern and Western European traditional music together; carrying the
immigrant and exile songs of the Irish diaspora back to Ireland and around the
world; or being a persistent voice for social justice and a reminder of the
joys and sorrows throughout our human experience, Andy has always stood
apart. Often called "a tradition all his own," he defies
classification and categorization other than as a musician strongly rooted in
the traditional music of all people.
MOZAIK is Andy's baby, and it's
blossomed into one precocious toddler in the past five years. It's the
multicultural equivalent of Planxty. Bronx fiddler and banjo player Bruce
Molsky brings the Appalachian tunes, Dónal Lunny is the unquestionable
percussive powerhouse of the gathering, on bouzouki, guitar and bodhrán.
Bulgarian musical polymath Nikola Parov brings all manner of exotic
instrumentation to the mix (including gadulka, gaida, kaval, tin-whistle,
clarinet and guitar), and Rens van der Zalm squares the circle with fiddle,
mandolin and guitar - and a quintessential Dutch attention to forensic detail
in his melody lines.
On the front end of the folk revival
movement in Ireland, Sweeney's Men helped shape a generation of music that was
defining a new identity and pride for traditional music. Sweeney's
Men is considered a "seminal" band for it's unique presentation of
traditional ballads, pub songs and tunes, juxtaposed with American folk
songs of hard times and social justice.
After laying the foundation with
Sweeney's Men, Planxty was the next natural progression. Considered the great
Irish-folk group of the 70's and early 80's, Planxty helped popularize
Irish traditional music in Europe and America.
What can be said about Patrick
Street except that they are some of the "best of the best" in Irish
traditional music. It started as a grand project to bring four
"masters" together for a single tour, but that was over twenty years,
many tours and ten albums ago.