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Album of the week:  

Andy Irvine, 70th Birthday Concert (own label)

Andy Irvine hasn’t exactly rushed out this souvenir of the two Dublin nights in June 2012 that marked the great Irish singer, multi-instrumentalist and musical catalyst’s seventieth birthday. But it’s been worth the wait.

There’s a DVD, available separately to this CD, and between them they put the listener/viewer in the stalls for what amounts almost to a fifty-year history of Irish folk music as well as an Irvine celebration as he was involved in some of the great bands who both shaped the music and took it on an adventure.

So we hear Johnny Moynihan singing an immensely characterful Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie with a reconstituted Sweeney’s Men, Irvine reminiscing graphically about the early days on O’Donogues with LAPD (the Planxty of the current day), and the incredible string band that is Mozaik motoring from a Romanian hora into an Appalachian hoedown.

It’s a superior party soundtrack and the exultant finale, with Paul Brady joining LAPD and Mozaik for Smithereens, is truly cork-popping.

From The Sunday Herald, December 14, 2014.




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