|Cover of Andy Irvine|
Irvine’s music career has spanned an incredible 50 years, and he has been at the heart of Irish folk music throughout that time. In the 1960s, he and Johnny Moynihan formed the seminal group Sweeney’s Men, before leaving Ireland to travel through the Balkan countries, having become enamoured with the music of Eastern Europe. On his return, he joined Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam Óg Ó Flynn to form Planxty, forever changing the sound and spirit of Irish traditional and folk music.
With the demise of Planxty, Irvine recorded a classic album with Paul Brady, and since the 1980s he has been a part of exciting supergroups, such as Patrick Street and most recently Mozaik, thrilling audiences around the world with intricate and exultant music.
Throughout his various collaborations and pairings, Irvine has also maintained a career as a solo singer-songwriter – in the spirit of his hero, Woody Guthrie. His repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dances and a compelling cannon of his own self-penned songs. To book tickets (€16/€12) call Ballina Arts Centre on 096 73593 or email info@ballinaartscentre.