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Influential Musicians - Andy Irvine (Ireland) – PART 2 - by Sergio Gonzalez -

This review was written by Sergio Gonzalez who took part of the first BRAN line-up and was former member of the local celtic folk band Kells. All rights reserved by the author and published under permission

Among his works summits, is an disc that he recorded with Paul Brady ( "Andy Irvine & Paul Brady © 1976) mainly comprises songs from the tradition of Northern Ireland. This work is considered a seminal album of folk inside. Also noteworthy is the work we did together with the Scots singer and guitarist Dick Gaughan. ( "Parallel Lines" © 1982)
In his solo career, there is a CD of special importance to the scene "Celtic" international day of our (curiously his only work that is not of Irish folk!), Although by the time they are published, not even know what ... This is "East Wind" (© 1992), who shot along the Irish piper Davy Spillane. Work that addresses from a very personal music of Eastern Europe. Andy falls in love with this music on a trip that took 18 months for the Balkans in his youth ( "then all went to India ... and I decided to try something different ..." - Review later). The idea of the disc was playing music instruments Irish Balkans, the Balkans and too modern. The producer of that work was Bill Whelan, a famous Irish musician and arranger. That name may go unnoticed, but surely many people know the dance spectacle "Riverdance" and its sequel "The Lord of the Dance". The composer of this piece is the same Bill Whelan and in subsequent reports, Bill admitted to "East Wind" as one of its main inspirations. Listening to the album it shows clearly that this was so.
His current band Patrick Street was born when a producer suggested bringing together four "superstars" of Irish folk and make a tour of the USA. The musicians in question were the Accordion Jackie Daly, the fiddler Kevin Burke and guitarist Arty McGlynn and Andy Irvine. The tour and the chemistry between the musicians was so good that they decided to form a band. While all members have individual projects, already have 9 CDs released under the name of Patrick Street.
Described by Dónal Lunny (ex Planxty, former Bothy Band and inseparable companion map) as a "tireless traveler," Andy their lives permanently 60 years traveling all over the world, playing with his band Patrick Street, with other musicians or completely alone and Also giving workshops on Irish bouzouki or Mandolin, two tools that run with a skill rarely seen.


Sweeney's Men: Sweeney's Men 1968

Planxty 1972
The Well Below The Valley 1973
Cold Blow And The Rainy Night 1974
After The Break 1979
The Woman I Loved So Well 1980
Words & Music 1983
Planxty Live (CD y DVD) 2004

Patrick Street:
Patrick Street 1986
No. 2 Patrick Street 1988
Irish Times 1989
All In Good Time 1992
Corner Boys 1996
Made in Cork 1997
Live From Patrick Street 1999
Compendium 2000
Street Life 2003
On the Fly 2007

Solo Albums & Collaborations:
Andy Irvine / Paul Brady 1976
Rainy Sundays... Windy Dreams 1980
Parallel Lines 1982
Rude Awakening 1991
East Wind 1992
Rain On The Roof 1996
Way Out Yonder 2000
Mozaik Live from the Powerhouse 2004
Changing Trains 2007
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