Andy Irvine & Chris Wood (Ire/UK)

Saturday 16th July, 1.00pm

An incredible lunchtime double bill featuring two of the worlds most renowned folk artists. Andy Irvine, one of the great distinctive voices in Irish traditional music is a genuine folk music legend. He is a founding member of many, hugely influential Irish traditional groups of recent decades from Sweeney’s Men, Planxty and Patrick Street, Mozaik, to LAPD and Ushers Island. As a solo artist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a travelling lifestyle that reflects his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie. A longtime champion of English music, songwriter, composer, musician, and outstanding singer Chris Wood has been described as “the renaissance man of English folk”. He first came to the fore, in the late 80s, as one half of the brilliant fiddle and box duo Chris Woods and Andy Cutting, going on to forge a significant musical relationship with Martin Carthy as part of Wood, Wilson & Carthy. His biggest creative leap arguably came with the release of his brilliant first solo album The Lark Descending in 2006, which marked him out as an immensely gifted songwriter. A multiple winner of BBC Folk Awards, Chris has gone on to record three further highly acclaimed solo albums.

“Often copied, never equalled, his repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dances and a compelling cannon of his own self-penned songs. THE IRISH TIMES (Andy Irvine)

“Nobody comes even close to equaling his birds-eye-view.” THE IRISH TIMES ***** (Chris Wood)