Thursday 20th October 2016 8pm
Andy IrvineSupport: Matt Fahey & Kelly Burke
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.
" The ultimate troubadour, still infused with the spirit of Woody Guthrie,
telling real stories of real people " Colin Irwin ( fRoots )
" The incomparable majesty of the man and his music " fRoots
" Abocurragh - a fine snapshot of a musician ever in pursuit of the story and the song " The Irish Times
" From start to finish Parachilna is, once again, Andy Irvine at his best " Folk World
"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