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Andy Irvine and Paul Brady had already made history together on the Irish folk scene as members of Planxty when they recorded this 1976 duo album (with help from fiddler Kevin Burke and fellow Planxty alumnus Donal Lunny). But this record would come to be regarded as a milestone of traditional Irish music rivaling even Planxty's output. Wielding guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, hurdy gurdy, harmonium, and more, Irvine and Brady tackle trad material (plus one Irvine original, "Autumn Gold") with a perfect blend of poignancy and punch. The rugged riffs of the opening tune, "Plains of Kildare," introduce the album on a visceral note, while the almost unearthly-sounding combination of Brady's keening tenor and Irvine's ghostly hurdy gurdy creates a haunting tension on "Lough Erne Shore." Brady's solo turn here on "Arthur McBride" has become an Irish folk classic unto itself, with his fleet fingerpicking evoking acoustic Richard Thompson. Irvine's reflective "Autumn Gold," the only non-trad tune, offers a touch of melodic contrast without straying too far from the old-school folk feel.

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A Jewel of an Album

I'm so excited to see this recording available again. As a former music entrepreneur I feel qualified to put this at the top of the heap of Irish/Folk recordings. It is evocative and enchanting. Something "clicked" when these two musicians entered the studio. Chalk it up as a "must have".

At Long Last

At long last this superb recording is available on itunes. It was a centerpiece of the Irish folk revival, both here and in Ireland. Sadly, neither artists has quite given us another with the quality of this one. Having said that, they did give us this wonderful collection songs and dances.

Best Folk Album

This is one of the best folk albums ever recorded. None of the reviews are exaggerating. If you like Irish music at all, this album is a must have.


Born: June 14, 1942 in London, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Andy Irvine has been a major influence on traditional Irish music for more than three decades. A former member of Sweeny's Men and Planxty, the London-born multi-instrumentalist and vocalist has continued to extend the musical traditions of the Emerald Isle as a soloist, a duet partner of Dick Gaughan and Paul Brady, and a founding member of Irish supergroup Patrick Street. The son of a Scottish father and an Irish mother, Irvine was inspired by his mother, an actress, to pursue a career in theater...
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