«Album of the century!»
Well…my first solo album since 1999. Recorded in Dublin, Norway, Australia,
Hungary and Brittany between February 2009 and April 2010.
Thanks to all my friends who helped me record it.
Especially Dónal Lunny who worked so hard in the production of it,
let alone playing on every track bar one.
I hope it won’t be my last album of the century!!
Otherwise the roll-call of musicians speaks for itself. Giants of traditional music, folk, rock and beyond, each one a key player in the Andy Irvine back-history: Liam O’Flynn, Máirtín O’Connor, Annbjørg Lien, Lillebjørn Nilsen, Nikola Parov, Jacky Molard, Bruce Molsky, Rens van der Zalm, Rick Epping, Graham Henderson, Paul Moore, Liam Bradley, Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton.
‘…one of Ireland’s most creative talents for over 20 years.’
Andy is one of the most creative and talented people it has ever been my privilege to work with. Great company, superb singer, genius of a musician, truly original songwriter and an inspiration to all of us – what more could anyone ask?
Andy Irvine is Woody Guthrie’s representative on earth.
Min gode venn Andy Irvine
og jeg har kjent hverandre siden vi møttes på ulike festivaler i Europa på 70-tallet og har spilt sammen ved flere anledninger. Her hjemme bl.a. på Telemark Festivalen Andy har en imponerende fartstid blant de ypperste artister innen den verden norske rock-skribenter kaller FOLK, og som jeg kaller folkemusikk. Andy har hentet inspirasjon også utenfor hjemlandet Irland. Og det er en kjent sak at nettopp Andys tidlige sjonglering med intrikate balkanske rytmer kunne utvide irenes 6/8 jig til odde taktarter som 11/8, slik det kan f.eks høres i danse-suksessen Riverdance.
Sammen med Dònald Lunney og Annbjørg Lien var vi i studio høsten 2009 og la siste hånd på Andys nye album; Abocurragh. Avslutningsporet Oslo forteller humoristisk om vårt vennskap og samvær. Annbjørg la til en nydelig Mazurka til dette sporet.
Andy har hentet musikken fra min versjon av folkevisa Å kjøre vatten og kjøre ved der jeg stemmer gitaren i DADGAD.
På dette opptaket, som er gjort i Kongshavn Studios, Kristiandsand S spiller jeg på en Strand Guitars OM i mahogny.
OSLO Words by Andy Irvine © Norwegian folk tune ( -Å kjøre vatten og kjøre ved- ) I drove to Oslo on a winter's day The snow was falling from the grey sky I got lost and could not find my way I pulled into a handy lay-by Then taking out my brand new mobile phone I telephoned my old friend Lillebjørn I'll tell you what We drank a lot Until it came my time to leave-o We had a party at Lillebjørn's The Akvavit was to my liking Smoked meat and cracker bread They said it came down from the vikings And Steinar played Hardanger fiddle tunes And Øystein played and sang and very soon I was in good cheer And I greatly fear When my turn came I was not able When I awoke next afternoon My head was pounding, senses reeling I got up and staggered round the room What were those creatures on the ceiling? And when I had my trousers half way on A dreadful thought came in my head-o Hang on a jiff I can't remember if I'm getting up or going to bed-o In the Dubliner we played a gig Though we were all a bit hungover A man got up and tried to dance a jig It looked more like a Bossa Nova I had some beers and began to flirt And very soon I was on blond alert You're to late you know Thirty years or so She laughed and went home to her mammy Down in the kitchen, we were feeling fine Spirits high and oh so cheery The entertainment was provided by Lillebjørn's young daughter Siri At drawing pictures she is very smart She drew some clouds and said they're angel farts We were impressed By her inventiveness It was a masterpiece quite clearly I drove through Sweden in a snowstorm What were those angels getting up to? From Gothenburg to Fredrikshavn, I stood on deck and had a nice view I drove through Denmark into Germany And went to see my old friend Gabi Then the long road O heavy load Until I came to Dublin city So Lillebjørn we'll meet again We'll have some beers and the some more-o We'll play Vinterbror, we'll play the Dream And we'll play Jenta From Chicago And if I go there on a winter trip I'll make quite sure I get my heater fixed I'll bring winter tyres And a snowplough And double glazing for my windows
Andy Irvine: vocal & mandola
Annbjørg Lien: hardanger fiddles
Lillebjørn Nilsen: guitar
Her et live-opptak av Andy Irvine solo: