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MP3 sound clips:

  From Way Out Yonder
    - Gladiators
    - Moreton Bay
    - They'll Never Believe It's True
  From Rain on the Roof
    - Prince Among Men
    - Come With Me Over the Mountain  
 From Compendium, Patrick Street
    - Stewball And The Monaghan 
      Grey Mare
    - William Taylor

Videos on YouTube:
Andy Irvine playlist -- videos of Andy playing solo, a couple with East Wind or Mick Hanley
Andy Irvine and Paul Brady playlist -- rare videos of those
Planxty playlist -- Planxty videos, some from 70s & 80s, and some from 2004.

QUOTES

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.
-Auckland Festival-

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 instruments.
-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.
-Toronto Star-

Irvine turned in a dazzling display of one-man-bandsmanship.
-The Scotsman-

Andy Irvine has been one of Ireland's most creative talents for over 20 years.
-Boston Globe-

Andy Irvine is Woody Guthrie's representative on earth.
-Hot Press-

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.

 


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ANDY IRVINE
Promotional bio

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 Guthrie.
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 the Balkans.
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 generations.

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 Gaughan.

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 solo work.

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 McGlynn.
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 permit.

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 Chile.
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.

More quotes....

Woody would have been proud.
-Denver Post-

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 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 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-

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