|Tags:||celtic folk irish irish folk|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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14 June 1942, London, England. This highly-regarded singer-songwriter and guitarist has been involved in a number of highly influential folk groups. Irvine, the son of an Irish mother and Scottish father, initially enjoyed minor fame as a child actor. He also learned classical guitar before chancing upon the music of Woody Guthrie. Turning away from classical to folk guitar, and adding harmonica and mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, bouzouki and mandola, he moved into the Dublin folk scene, after travelling with Derroll Adams and Ramblin Jack Elliott. Overseas trips widened his musical sphere and in 1966, he formed Sweeneys Men with Johnny Moynihan and Terry Woods. After one album with Sweeneys Men, a trip to the Balkans led him to discover new rhythms and musical styles to add to his acquisitive talent.
In 1972, with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam OFlynn, Irvine formed Planxty. Drawing on the experiences of his Eastern...