This album was greeted with critical acclaim when released in Ireland and Europe. Andy Irvine and Paul Brady are both masters of guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, and hurdy-gurdy, and their vocals and arrangements of mainly Northern songs are outstanding. Jo... more
Folk singer/songwriter Andy Irvine found his true voice in traditional music when the 1960s folk revolution exploded in Western Europe.
After recording several singles and an album with Irish folk band Sweeney's Men, Irvine left Dublin for a journey through Eastern Europe. Upon his return to Dublin, Irvine met and played with Donal Lunny for a while, but his world changed when established Christy Moore asked Irvine, Lunny, and uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn to play on the album, and afterward, the four musicians formed the band Planxty.
Planxty quickly became the premier Irish folk band of the early ’70’s after signing a six-record contract and touring extensively throughout Europe. After their third album, Moore left and was briefly replaced by Paul Brady before disbanding.
Brady, a self-taught pianist and guitarist joined Planxty in 1974. Between 1976 and 1978, he and Irvine played as a duo, a musical affiliation that produced the album Andy Irvine and Paul Brady, which even today is considered "one of the greatest albums ever of traditional Irish songs," (All Music Guide)
The duo performed a reunion concert at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow in February 2008.