MP3 sound clips:
From Way Out Yonder
- Moreton Bay
- They'll Never Believe
From Rain on the Roof
With Me Over the Mountain
From Compendium, Patrick Street
And The Monaghan
Videos on YouTube:
Irvine playlist -- videos of Andy playing solo, a couple with East Wind
or Mick Hanley
Irvine and Paul Brady playlist -- rare videos of those
Planxty playlist -- Planxty videos, some from 70s & 80s, and some from
Andy Irvine's live solo performance was informative, witty, intense,
full of a love for the music, which he transmitted to the audience with an
honesty that only the truly committed can attain.
His forte, his genius is playing his mandolin, mandola and bouzouki. I
have never heard such clarity of sound, such perfect and precise rhythmic
variations or such brilliant melodic figures from this family of
-San Francisco Examiner-
The concert was an unqualified success, Irvine delivering a wonderfully
diverse set that included traditional and contemporary Irish songs,
American songs and Bulgarian dance tunes.
Irvine turned in a dazzling display of one-man-bandsmanship.
Andy Irvine has been one of Ireland's most creative talents for over 20
Andy Irvine is Woody Guthrie's representative on earth.
For more information, see Andy's autobiography in the "About
Andy" section of this web site.
Bio for Rens van der Zalm,
who often accompanies Andy on tour.
Downloadable media files for print and web
Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of
truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as "a tradition in himself." Musician,
singer and songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly
individual performing skills throughout his 45-year career. From Sweeney's
Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the
70s and then from Patrick Street to Andy
Irvine & Dónal Lunny's Mozaik, Andy has been a
world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.
As a soloist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a
travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody
To quote The Irish Times, "Often copied, never equalled", his
repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dances and a
compelling canon of his own self-penned songs.
Andy Irvine first made his mark with the seminal band - "Sweeney's
Men" in the mid 1960s but after two years he left and travelled
'way out yonder' by 'the sunburnt thumb' to Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia,
earning his living as a street musician and absorbing the musical traditions of
Returning to Ireland in 1970, Andy united with Christy
Moore, Dónal Lunny and Liam
O'Flynn to form Planxty,
fanning the flames of Irish traditional music well into the next and future
Planxty broke up - for the first time - in late 1975 and Andy performed
and recorded with Paul
Brady, making the classic album "Andy
Irvine & Paul Brady" in 1976. He also worked and recorded
brieefly with De Dannan before re-uniting with Planxty in 1979
until it's second break up in 1983.
Andy's first solo album "Rainy Sundays...Windy Dreams" followed
as well as "Parallel Lines"
a duo album with the great Scottish troubadour - Dick
In 1985 Andy formed "Mozaic", a pan-European band that included
Dónal Lunny and Hungarian singer Marta
Sebestyen. The band lasted for one blissful summer and andy returned to
Andy was touring the US regularly with guitar player Gerry
O'Beirne at this time and in 1986, at the instigation of fiddler Kevin
Burke (Bothy Band), Patrick
Street was born with the addition of Jackie
Daly (De Dannan) and guitar maestro, Arty
Patrick Street has since recorded eight studio albums and one live with
differing personnel. They are still in action and released a new album in
November 2007, "On the Fly"
which marks a transition, being the first with fiddle, banjo player, John
Carty and the last with retiring member, Jackie Daly.
Andy recorded his second solo album "Rude Awakening" in 1991
and then created the hugely influential "East
Wind" which featured Davy
Spillane on uillean pipes and was produced by Bill
Whelan who went on to write "Riverdance".
Andy recorded his third solo album "Rain
on the Roof" in 1995 - this one really is (nearly) solo. It
includes his anthemic song "Never Tire of the Road" and then
his fourth, "Way Out Yonder"
in 2000 which closes with the haunting song "The Highwayman".
In 2002, Andy drafted some long-time musical friends and formed his
“dream band” - initially for a one off tour of Australia. Calling themselves Mozaik,
reminiscent of the earlier cross-genre group, Andy was joined by Dónal
Lunny, Dutch multi-instrumentalist Rens van der Zalm,
American Old Time fiddler and 5 string banjo player, Bruce
Molsky and Hungarian multi-instrumentalist Nikola Parov.
They have since released two albums, "Live from the
Powerhouse"(2003) and "Changing Trains"(2007) and have toured Australia,
Europe, USA and Japan with great musical success.
2004 saw, after a break of 21 years, the return of the great group Planxty,
The band played a small gig in Lisdoonvarna, largely to family and close friends
- it was not advertised as Planxty - and then opened at Glór in Ennis to
a fantastic reception. Planxty went on to play 10 sold out nights in
Vicar Street in Dublin and record a live CD and DVD.
The following year 2005, they played 6 sold out gigs at The Point Depot in
Dublin, as well as shows in Galway, Belfast and The Barbican in London. It was
generally reckoned that the band was better than ever and those who experienced
it will never forget it.
In January 2008, Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow featured a special
reunion of Andy Irvine & Paul Brady
at the Royal Concert Hall for their "Classic Album Showcase" concert,
honouring the duo's album first released in 1976.
September 2009 saw andy collaborating with the fine guitarist and singer, John
Doyle for three highly successful concerts at the Irish arts Center in
New York City. They hope to play concerts in the future if touring schedules
Ever the man for new pastures, in the last decade, Andy has played concerts in
Moscow, Mexico City, Newfoundland, Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua as well as
undertaking extensive tours of Japan, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Argentina and
Although an integral part of the finest Irish bands of our time, Andy Irvine
continues along the path he set for himself so long ago - a vibrant career as a
solo artist in the old style, a teller of tales and maker of music.
Woody would have been proud.
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.
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
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.