Andy Irvine returns to Shandon

 

Venue: Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork

Tickets: €15 from tickets.ie or

from the Maldron Hotel, Shandon or phone Jim on 0861651356

Andy Irvine - a unique performance at Shandon

Andy Irvine

 

Andy Irvine is a truly legendary figure in Irish folk music. Born in London in 1942, he recently celebrated his 71st birthday. Andy has been ‘on the road” for almost 50 years.

He was one of the original folkies associated with O’Donoghue’s Pub in Dublin and an early devotee of the music and songs of Woody Guthrie, the centenary of whose birth falls on the 14th July.

In 1966, he and his friends Joe Dolan and Johnny Moynihan came together to form Sweeney’s Men and a unique sound involving the interplay of bouzouki and mandolin worked itself into Irish folk music consciousness. “Waxie’s Dargle, Old Man in the Garret and Sullivan John” came from that wild period.

Always traveling, always meeting other musicians, always learning, Andy explored the folk traditions of Eastern Europe, Romania, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria, all behind the iron curtain through the 60s and 70s. His trips to County Clare inspired him further! He has traveled extensively in the USA and Australia picking up songs and tunes as he goes.

The recording of the Christy Moore album Prosperous in 1971 brought together Christy Moore, Andy, Donal Lunny and Liam O’Flynn, who afterwards formed Planxty in 1972.

Their first album, known as the Black Album remains another milestone recording in Irish Folk music. Classics such as “Sweet Thames flow softly”, “The West Coast of Clare” by Andy himself and “Only our Rivers run Free” remain as landmarks in Irish folk tradition.

Albums such as “The Well Below the Valley” and “Cold Blow and Rainy Night” soon followed in a later period by “After the Break” and “The Woman I loved so Well” are remembered with affection by Irish folk music lovers.

Andy has toured extensively with many Irish folk musicians over the years such as Paul Brady, Mick Hanly, Donal and Kevin Burke, Arty McGlynn, Jackie Daly. Later still in the 80s Andy played with a group Mosaic along with Hans Theesink and others. Later still he was a member of Patrick Street. This was followed by Mozack with Donal Lunny and with Bruce Molsky adding Appalachian tunes.

His solo 2010 album Abocurragh, produced by Donal Lunny, contains the track “The Spirit of Mother Jones” inspired by his visit to the grave of Mother Jones in the union Miners Cemetery near Mount Olive in Illinois.

Andy remains active in trade union matters and is current President of the Musicians Union of Ireland

His visit to Cork to play a fundraising concert during the Mother Jones Festival in the famous Shandon Bells Church (St. Anne’s Shandon) on the evening of Wednesday August 1st 2012 was a major highlight of the Mother Jones Festival. Also his practical support for the event from its inception was much appreciated by all the committee.

We are really delighted to welcome Andy back again for the 2013 event. This time the venue is the Firkin Crane stage and a fantastic concert is planned for Thursday evening of Mother Jones Day, August 1st.

This festival fundraising concert begins at 8pm and tickets are 15 euro each. Capacity is limited to just over 200, tickets can be obtained from http://www.tickets.ie or phone Jim on 0861651356. They are also available at the Maldron Hotel and will be on sale at the festival until they are sold out.

Note, entry to all other events, lectures, films and music sessions is free on a first come, first served basis.

Andy Irvine tickets in big demand

Andy Irvine – a unique performance at Shandon

There is considerable interest in the unique Andy Irvine concert which will take place as part of the Cork Mother Jones Festival on Wednesday, 1st August in Cork’s historic Shandon Church, starting at 8.30pm.
This is the first time Shandon has hosted an event of its type and Andy Irvine is proving to be a very popular choice with heavy demand for tickets.   If you want to see Andy perform in Shandon you will need to act fast.  Tickets are still available on http://www.tickets.ie at this link and a small number are also available at the Maldron Hotel, John Redmond Street.  Price  is just €10.  The Mother Jones committee also have some tickets, for details ring Ger on (086) 3196063.

The concert will begin at 8.30pm, immediately after the unveiling of the Mother Jones commemorative plaque at John Redmond Street.  We would ask all those attending to ensure they take their seats as soon as possible once the unveiling ceremony is complete.
A reminder also that on the same evening there will be a live session in the Maldron Hotel with a selection of local musicians and other performers.  There will be no admittance fee to the Maldron event which will begin at 9.30pm.

Andy Irvine to play in Cork’s Shandon steeple

Andy Irvine is a truly legendary figure in Irish folk music. Born in London in 1942, he recently celebrated his 70th birthday. Andy has been ‘on the road” for almost 50 years.   He was one of the original folkies associated with O’Donoghue’s Pub in Dublin and an early devotee of the music and songs of Woody Guthrie, the centenary of whose birth falls on the 14th July.

In 1966, he and his friends Joe Dolan and Johnny Moynihan came together to form Sweeney’s Men and a unique sound involving the interplay of bouzouki and mandolin worked itself into Irish folk music consciousness. “Waxie’s Dargle, Old Man in the Garret and Sullivan John” came from that wild period.

Always traveling, always meeting other musicians, always learning, Andy explored the folk traditions of Eastern Europe, Romania, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria, all behind the iron curtain through the 60s and 70s. His trips to County Clare inspired him further! He has traveled extensively in the USA and Australia picking up songs and tunes as he goes.

The recording of the Christy Moore album Prosperous in 1971 brought together Christy Moore, Andy, Donal Lunny and Liam O’Flynn, who afterwards formed Planxty in 1972.    Their first album, known as the Black Album remains another milestone recording in Irish Folk music. Classics such as “Sweet Thames flow softly”, “The West Coast of Clare” by Andy himself and “Only our Rivers run Free” remain as landmarks in Irish folk tradition.

Albums such as “The Well Below the Valley” and “Cold Blow and Rainy Night” soon followed in a later period by “After the Break” and “The Woman I loved so Well” are  remembered with affection by Irish folk music lovers.

Andy has toured extensively with many Irish folk musicians over the years such as Paul Brady, Mick Hanly, Donal and Kevin Burke, Arty McGlynn, Jackie Daly. Later still in the 80s Andy played with a group Mosaic along with Hans Theesink and others. Later still he was a member of Patrick Street. This was followed by Mozack with Donal Lunny and with Bruce Molsky adding Appalachian tunes.

Performance at the Mother Jones Festival & Ticket Information

His solo 2010 album Abocurragh, produced by Donal Lunny, contains the track “The Spirit of Mother Jones” inspired by his visit to the grave of Mother Jones in the union Miners Cemetery near Mount Olive in Illinois.  His visit to Cork to play a fundraising concert during the Mother Jones Festival in the famous Shandon Bells Church (St. Anne’s Shandon) on the evening of Wednesday August 1st after the unveiling of the Mother Jones plaque around the corner on John Redmond Street, will be an eagerly highlight of this event. Tickets are 10 euro from the Maldron Hotel, St.Anne’s Shandon or phone 086 3196063 or from www.tickets.ie from week beginning 9th July.

Mother Jones in the Irish Times today

Following on from yesterday’s marvellous item on RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany, Mother Jones is again in the national spotlight with an excellent article in today’s Irish Times by the paper’s Southern Correspondent, Barry Roche.   This has resulted in a huge jump in the number of visits to this website and enquiries about the event to our committee and at various other sites where the event is featured.  It’s all coming together for what looks to be one of the best festivals of its type in Ireland this year!

Mother Jones featured on Sunday Miscellany

Mother Jones was featured on the long-running RTÉ Radio 1 programme Sunday Miscellany this Sunday (July 1st) with an excellent summary of her life by local writer / journalist Colette Sheridan who also mentioned the Cork Mother Jones Festival which takes place from July 31 to 2nd August in the Shandon area of Cork City.  It also included Andy Irvine singing his ballad “The Spirit of Mother Jones”

Sunday Miscellany is one of Irish radio’s longest running and most popular weekly programmes which features a collection of essays, poems and other short items contributed by listeners, interspersed with appropriate music.   You can listen to or download the programme by clicking on the link below.   The item on Mother Jones begins at 00:29.15 minutes.

http://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/rteradiowebpage.html#type=radio&rii=9%3A3332542%3A68%3A01%2D07%2D2012%3A

Our thanks and appreciation to Collette Sheridan, Andy Irvine and Sunday Miscellany series producer Cliodhna Ní Anluain.

Cork’s Mother Jones Festival launched at packed press conference

The Cork Mother Jones Festival was formally launched yesterday at a packed press conference at Shandon’s Maldron Hotel.

Between 50 and 60 people, including reporters, photographers, columnists and members of the Cork Mother Jones committee attended the press launch where the full line-up of events and acts was announced.

Committee member Jim Fitzpatrick said that there had been a phenomenal growth in public interest in Mother Jones since the committee had been formed last year and had announced its intention of formally commemorating a Cork woman who had made her mark on the social, political and labour history of the United States of America and indeed throughout North America.

Councillor Ted Tynan, whose 2010 motion to Cork City Council calling for official recognition to be given to Mary Harris Jones, said that the Cork woman, once practically unknown in her native city, would now be a well known icon of the city and of the Shandon area in particular.

The list of events and musical performances taking place during the July 31st to August 2nd Festival is quite impressive:-

The Firkin Crane will see the opening of a photographic exhibition, which details her life at 12.15 on Wednesday 1st August. This will be followed at 1pm by a concert featuring many local artists performing songs, poetry and extracts from the writings of Mother Jones. Later at 3pm, Professor Elliott Gorn of Brown University and Marat Moore a former miner and member of the United Mineworkers of America will give a talk on the historical significance of “the most dangerous woman in America”.

The Butter Exchange Band will perform some Mother Jones classic songs such as “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain When She Comes”, “Union Maid” in a recital, just after the famous Bells of Shandon ring out at 18.37.

Following the formal unveiling of the plaque by members of the Cork Mother Jones Commemoration Committee, the evening’s entertainment will continue at 8.30 with a spectacular fundraising concert at St Anne’s Church, Shandon featuring Andy Irvine  (Tickets for the Andy Irivine concert can be got from any committee member or by phoning Ger on (086) 3196063 or Jim on (086) 3033576.

The Maldron Hotel will be the venue for the final musical event of the festival with a spectacular free concert featuring Hank Wedel, Two Time polka and a host of artists beginning at 9.30.

The previous evening’s “gathering” will see the Irish premiere of the film, “Mother Jones, the most dangerous woman in America” directed by Rosemary Feurer who will attend the launch also at the Maldron Hotel, followed by an evening of songs and music featuring the Cork Singers Club.

There will also be a bus tour for the guests and other interested people including a trip to Cobh from where Mary Harris emigrated with her family during the Great Famine and to Inchigeela where Mary Harris’s mother Ellen Cotter came from.  Bus tickets are €15 euro and can also be got from Ger on (086) 3196063 or Jim on (086) 3033576 or from any committee member.

The Manager of the Maldron Hotel, where much of the weekend’s events will be centred, said that the Mother Jones Festival would be an important boost to tourism in the Shandon which is a microcosm of the city’s history.  Michael Lally, who is also a member of the committee, said that the Mother Jones Festival, the redevelopment of the area and its wealth of historical assets was making the Shandon area a magnet for tourism.

Historian Richard T. Cooke agreed while Jim Nolan of the Shandon Street Festival said that the rediscovery of Mother Jones added new colour and diversity to the history and culture of the area.