Andy Irvine (Brian Hartigan)

How it’s New York:  Andy Irvine is playing at small folk clubs in the area.  And you’ve got several chances to see him, which is one of the pluses of being here.  Some of his comrades in arms in music will turn up to watch, which is another.
How it’s Irish:  Andy Irvine is one of the most important names in Irish folk music, from Planxty (really from Sweeney’s Men) to Mozaik.  He introduced Eastern European rhythms to the genre and as he demonstrated when we spoke, that final rhythm of Riverdance falls right into the genre.

Andy’s in town to launch his latest CD Abocurragh, which came out last year.  I did an interview with him for Irish Examiner which I’ll post tomorrow when it’s live, and if I can find time I’ll do a review of the CD as well.  The short version: it’s pure, produced by Donal Lunny, with such artists as Liam O’Flynn, Máirtín O’Connor and Bruce Molsky.  It’s kind of “old school,” not unlike what Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra did with Voices and Harps.  That is, there are Childs’ ballads here, including the dark “Three Huntsmen,” in which a damsel in distress is in league with the highwaymen (anybody else think of this when the Imp was talking about his failed marriage in HBO’s Game of Thrones?); there’s “Willie of Winsbury,” which Andy told me is set to a tune that he found, though he’s never credited for it; there’s “The Demon Lover.”  There are also new ballads Andy composed, very pro-labor and pro-IWW.

Don’t miss!

 Tue 11.  Arlene’s Grocery, New York NY
95 Stanton Street, New York NY 10002-1405
              Tel: 212 358 1633

 Wed 12. Arlene’s Grocery, New York NY
95 Stanton Street, New York NY 10002-1405
              Tel: 212 358 1633

 Thur 13. An Beal Bocht Café, Bronx NY
445 West 238th Street, New York NY 10463
              Tel: 718 884 7127

 Fri 14.   Rose City Concerts, Madison NJ
              Museum of Early Trades & Crafts,
              9 Main Street, Madison NJ
              Tel: 973 261 5191

 Sat 15.  WWUH Celtic Airs, W. Hartford CT
              Wilde Auditorium at University of Hartford,
              200 Bloomfield Ave., W.Hartford CT 06117
              Tel: 800 274 8587
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