Veteran folk singer Andy Irvine is planning a 70th birthday bash in Dublin’s Vicar Street on June 16, 2012. On stage with him on the night will be a catalogue of past collaborators including Johnny Moynihan, Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn, Paul Brady, Paddy Glackin and Mozaik.
Such is the popularity of the occasion, the first night has been sold out and a second concert has now been added for June 17.
Paul Brady will join Andy and Johnny Moynihan for a reincarnation of Sweeney’s Men. There’s talk of a live CD recorded on the evening and filming the event has been hinted at.
Andy still has hopes of recording a Woodie Guthrie album, to be produced by Donal Lunny. “The one thing I’ve decided I’ve got to do”, he said recently, “is to relearn how to play the guitar in the Woodie Guthrie style. I haven’t played the guitar with the plectrum … it’s going to take me a while. I used to play like Woodie. I used to have his style off pretty well.”