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Special Edition Andy Irvine & Paul Brady record to be released 4th March

Feb 14, 2022

In 1976, Andy Irvine and Paul Brady, fresh from the demise of the Irish supergroup Planxty, entered legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales with mystic producer/bouzouki player Dónal Lunny and fiddler Kevin Burke to record what has become an Irish Folk classic. ANDY IRVINE / PAUL BRADY and propelled them forward to be viewed as one of the most accomplished Irish traditional duos that ever recorded.

For nearly half a century, this legendary album has been regarded as of as one of the most important in the Irish music cannon. All these years later no record more pointedly reflects the time and the spirit of innovation within one genre of music. Over the past nearly half a century, the music Irvine and Brady created has reached across genres,  topping the personal playlists of iconic artists including Bob Dylan (who recorded Paul Brady’s arrangement of “Arthur McBride and The Sergeant”), Bono, Liam O’Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers), Radie Peat and Daragh Lynch (both of Lankum) and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

The 2022 special edition CD and LP release of ANDY IRVINE / PAUL BRADY is the ultimate version of this classic album. It’s the first time since the 1970s that an LP version has been pressed. Before pressing, the ten track album was remastered from the original analogue tapes, which were transferred at 192k/32 bit to maintain the highest resolution, and mastered for both CD and LP with the best combination of classic analog and state of the art digital equipment.

The packaging for both the CD and LP versions was approached with painstaking detail and feature s a tri-fold CD wallet and a gatefold LP. Perhaps best of all, both formats  include  a 12,000 word  essay  by  noted  music  journalist Gareth  Murphy (Cowboys and Indies – The Epic History of the Record Industry and Siren Song: My Life in Music [with Seymour Stein]) which tells the fascinating story of how the record came together and includes brand new interviews with Andy Irvine, Paul Brady, Dónal Lunny and Kevin Burke, as well as testimonials from artists including Glen Hansard, Liam O’Maonlai, Brian MacGloinn (Ye Vagabonds), Daragh Lynch (Lankum), Consuelo Nerea Breschi and Lucie Azconaga (Varo), PJ Curtis and more.


“As a teenager, I played this until I wore it out. Then I bought more copies. And I wore them out, too.” Mary Chapin Carpenter

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