Please note: A second Andy Irvine show has since been added on June 17th 2012 – click here for full details. Harmonic presents a very special evening to celebrate the 70th Birthday of the legendary Andy Irvine. This live concert will feature Sweeney’s Men, Paul Brady, Dónal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glackin & Mosaic. Music Scene is delighted to reveal that this list of talented musicians including Andy Irvine himself, will be performing live on stage at Vicar Street in Dublin on Saturday the 16th of June 2012. Tickets for this Andy Irvine 70th Birthday Concert live at Vicar Street in Dublin are priced from €35 including booking fee and are on sale now through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for the Andy Irvine‘s 70th Birthday Concert live at Vicar Street in Dublin.
“Often copied, never equalled” – The Irish Times
Maybe it’s the timeless presence of his music since he set foot on Irish soil in the early 1960’s. Or maybe it’s the fact that Andy Irvine continues to maintain a seemingly impossible global touring schedule… Anyway, if you’re interested in Irish music, and its possibilities to extend and alloy with other cultures, then Andy Irvine is no doubt a musician you’re familiar with.
Andy Irvine graduated through the vibrant scene centred around O’Donoghue’s pub of Merrion Row, whose stalwarts included young folk singers such as Ronnie Drew and Luke Kelly as well as elder traditionalists such as Joe Heany and Seamus Ennis, and from which emerged the group Sweeney’s Men.
Andy Irvine recently captured this time of his life in the brilliant ‘O’Donoghues’ featured on the 2007 Mozaik album ‘Changing Trains’.
Sweeney’s Men are perhaps one of the great lost bands of the 1960s Irish folk world but they are as ground-breaking and important as any of the more talked-about ensembles of the time and very much laid the foundation for what was to follow. The trio consisted of Andy Irvine, Johnny Moynihan and Joe Dolan (later replaced by Terry Woods) – and their alchemic mix was made up of all sorts influences: Andy Irvine’s obsession with Woody Guthrie, the exotic twang of Moynihan’s Greek bouzouki, and a deep well of Irish, Scottish, American folk songs to tamper with.
Throughout the 1970s there continued to exist a dichotomy in Irish music; the ballad bands and traditionalists who kept straight to the script and those who were compelled to experiment and interpret and embrace the melting pot approach to music. Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny and Johnny Moynihan were three idealists very much coursing through the veins of the latter concept.
Andy Irvine went on to enjoy great acclaim and success with Planxty, a band with Lunny, Christy Moore, and piper Liam O’Flynn who changed the landscape once again in the early 1970s. From there he made a timeless, peerless record with Paul Brady in 1976, established a cult-like solo career, formed Patrick Street with the cream of Irish musicians in the mid-1980s, and continued to collaborate with musicians from every corner of the world, notably his mid-00s Mozaik project with Lunny, Dutch fiddler Rens van Der Zalm, American old-timey fiddler Bruce Molsky, and Hungarian multi-instrumentalist Nikola Parov.
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Andy Irvine’s long and complex career is his steadfast passion to tour. A born adventurer, of the musical variety, he never lost hold of his mantra, inspired by his hero Woody Guthrie: Never Tire of the Road.
This live concert at Vicar Street in Dublin will celebrate 70 years of Andy Irvine, the 7 decades of incredible Irish music, how it’s evolved and changed and engaged with cultures around the world.
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