Andy Irvine & Paul Brady

Friday 26th May 2017, 8:00pm

Andy Irvine & Paul Brady

40th Anniversary Tour

On Sale – Friday 18th November at 9am (Online) / 10am (UCH Box Office)

Andy Irvine and Paul Brady perform the classic 1976 album ‘Andy Irvine & Paul Brady’ which was greeted with much critical praise upon its release in Ireland and Europe.

There was a great sense of relief among the band members when Planxty broke up in November 1975. We were tired out and had no inspiration left. After a short period, the relief began to turn into a slight fear as to what we would do without Planxty!

Paul Brady who had been in the band for about 16 months – and I had formed a very good working relationship and we decided to continue as a duo. We started slowly…

On February 7th 1976 we played our first gig in The Merriman Tavern in Scarriff, Co. Clare where Planxty had been a huge sell out over the years. We had a very small crowd and earned £80! However, things improved quite rapidly. We rehearsed long and hard, usually in the house I was living in, in Donnybrook, Dublin. After a pretty good gig in Liberty Hall, Dublin, we never looked back!

Mulligan Records had started a few months before and approached us to make an LP at Rockfield Studios in Wales where The Bothy Band had recorded their first album. Dónal Lunny was to produce it and he and I got stranded on Shirkin Island off the coast of West Cork the day before we were due to start in Wales. We started recording on 24th August 1976 and finished ten days later. I was on a fitness kick at the time and used to get up early and run for a few miles down the road towards Monmouth and back. This is about all I can remember.

Kevin Burke was there and the album consists of just the four of us. Paul and I and occasionally Dónal, had been playing most of the material for a month or two so it was well played in.

“Lough Erne Shore” though was one that came together in the studio. I recorded three different drones on the hurdy gurdy and we cross faded them on the mix to fit the chords. It’s very subtle and you may not hear it but I thought it gave it a great feeling.

The other memory I have is of Paul spending a morning trying to get “Arthur McBride and the Sergeant” recorded to his liking. He recorded one nearly perfect take but when we listened back to it, we heard him sing “….Says Arthur we wouldn’t be froud of your clothes”….! Nowadays that could easily be corrected but not in those far off days and he had to do the whole song again!

The album was released, quite near Christmas in 1976 as far as I remember. It has been regarded as a classic ever since and Paul and myself played through our entire duo repertoire at a special concert in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to commemorate this album in January 2008.

 – Andy wrote in September 2010 –

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