THE legendary Irish singer/songwriter Andy Irvine is coming to perform in the Riverbank Arts Centre this Friday August 10 at 8pm. With his impressive repertoire of Irish traditional songs and dexterous Balkan dance tunes, he creates an exciting new fusion of Irish and world music not to be missed.
Having travelled the world with bands such as Sweeney’s Men, Patrick Street, Planxty, and more recently Mozaik, Andy continues to pursue new combinations and styles of music. He has broadened his musical horizons over the course of his forty-year career to encompass the musical styles of countries he visits, such as the Balkan folk style of playing.
Between the achievements of his solo, group work and collaborations, he is a highly revered troubadour of the Irish music world. Andy Irvine never fails to deliver a pulsating and heartfelt performance, as those who were lucky enough to see him perform in Kavanaghs some years ago would agree. Andy is an accomplished player of the mandolin, bouzouki, mandola, guitar-bouzouki, harmonica and hurdy-gurdy.
Throughout his long accomplished career Andy has performed with musical heavyweights. In recent years he has been active in a number of ongoing musical projects: as a solo artist; with Patrick Street; in the original four-man lineup of Planxty, which reunited for several shows a few years ago; and in a multicultural group called Mozaik, which features Irvine, Donal Lunny, Bruce Molsky, Nikola Parov, and Rens van der Zalm. For more see www.riverbank.ie.