“PRECIOUS HEROES” ANDY IRVINE & LUKE PLUMB - New album released 14th Feb 2018

“PRECIOUS HEROES” ANDY IRVINE & LUKE PLUMB - New album released 14th Feb 2018

The new album will be released on 14th February 2018 - AK Records (AK-7)

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Andy and the Australian mandolin maestro Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty) have teamed up to record a bold new duo album, “Precious Heroes”.

In 2016 Andy asked Luke to produce his latest album. Andy spent a couple of weeks in Melbourne in August of the year recording the songs with Luke on mandolin, bouzouki & guitar. The album features renowned international musicians, John McCusker (Battlefield Band, Kate Rusby) on fiddle, Mike McGoldrick (Capercaillie, Mark Knopfler, Usher’s Island) on flute & whistle, James Mackintosh (Shooglenifty) on percussion and backing vocals from Australian singers, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton. Andy’s old mate, Rens van der Zalm (Wolverlei, Mozaik) was added later on guitar and fiddle.

The songs range from traditional ballads - “Erin’s Green Shore”, “Dunlavin Green” and “Farewell to Ballymoney” to the classic Australian ballad - “The Death of Ben Hall” to Andy’s latest compositions about “Frank Ryan” who went to fight against fascism in Spain, Nixie Boran who fought for the rights of the coalminers in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny in the 1930s and his own version of the “Niamh and Oisín” story.

The continuously magical collaboration of all the players and singers shines throughout. Luke contributes two fine instrumentals, showing off his brilliant mandolin playing and combines with Andy and Rens on the instrumental “Trip to Tír na nÓg” which is a tune Andy wrote back in 1973 for Planxty but it was never recorded.

“We were moved to make an album which recognised the great, largely unknown, men and women who shaped working class and cultural roots. Through hardship, sadness, adversity and tragedy, triumphant stories remain. We share the history and continue to share the hope. This album is dedicated to those Precious Heroes."

The album was released in Australia in December 2016 to coincide with a tour there that Luke and Andy were playing. Now the album is available worldwide!!

Track list:
1. Here’s a Health to Every Miner Lad (Andy Irvine)
Andy: mandola, harmonica & vocal / Luke: mandolin / John: fiddle / Mike: whistle / Rens: guitar / Kate & Ruth: vocals

2. Farewell to Ballymoney (Trad. Arr. Andy Irvine)
Andy: octave mandola & vocal / Luke: mandolin, bouzouki & guitar / John: fiddle / Mike: flute

3. Niamh and Oisín (Andy Irvine / Luke Plumb)
Andy: mandola & vocal / Luke: mandolin & programming / Rens: guitar / James: percussion / Kumiko: glass harp

4. Trip to Tír na nÓg (Andy Irvine)
Andy: mandola / Luke: mandolin / Rens: guitar & fiddle / James: percussion

5. Champion at Keeping Them Rollin’ (Ewan MacCall)
Andy: mandola, harmonica & vocal / Luke: bouzouki / John: fiddle / Mike: whistle / Rens: guitar / Kate & Ruth: vocals

6. The Appeal to Reason / The Fiddle in the Phones (Luke Plumb)
Luke: mandolin, bouzouki & guitar / Andy: mandola / John: fiddle / Mike: whistle

7. Hard Times in ‘Comer’s Mines (Andy Irvine)
Andy: bouzouki & vocal / Luke: mandolin & vocal / John: fiddle / Mike: whistle / Rens: guitar / James: percussion / Kate & Ruth: vocals

8. Dunlavin Green (Trad. Arr. Andy Irvine)
Andy: bouzouki & vocal / Luke: mandolin / John: fiddle / Rens: guitar

9. The Death of Ben Hall (Trad. Arr. Andy Irvine)
Andy: mandola, harmonica & vocal / Luke: mandolin & vocal / Rens : guitar / Kate & Ruth: vocals

10. A Tune for Angus (Luke Plumb)
Luke: mandolin & guitar / Andy: mandola / John: fiddle / Mike: whistle

11. Frank Ryan (Andy Irvine)
Andy: mandola & vocal / Luke: mandolin & guitar / Rens: guitar & fiddle / James: percussion

12. Erin’s Green Shore (Trad. Arr. Andy Irvine)
Andy: octave mandola, harmonica & vocal / Luke: mandolin / John: fiddle / Mike: flute

Quotes:
"Beautiful album by Irish music pioneer and young Tassie music wizard”
- The Daily Planet (ABC National)

“Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb intertwine and dovetail as intricately and expertly as might be expected of two outstanding instrumentalists”
- Tony Hiller (The Australian)

Re: “PRECIOUS HEROES” ANDY IRVINE & LUKE PLUMB - New album released 14th Feb 2018

While it’s nice to know about this, and while I’m sure there’s a lot of other Andy Irvine fans on this site (I am one), this post is a lot like spam; a cut’n’pasted press release. I’m not sure thesession would be as nice a place as it is, if news of every new album by Irish music talent were flagged up in the same way.

Re: “PRECIOUS HEROES” ANDY IRVINE & LUKE PLUMB - New album released 14th Feb 2018

I don’t mind being told about a "new release", but surely the place for it is in the "Recordings" section. That’s what it’s for. How can there be any meaningful "discussion" about a recording which hasn’t been released yet ?

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Re: “PRECIOUS HEROES” ANDY IRVINE & LUKE PLUMB - New album released 14th Feb 2018

Sorry to offend you. this was not spam. I’m just excited about the new album & was wanting to open up discussion to others who might also be excited & wish to discuss…..i’ll get me coat :-(

Re: “PRECIOUS HEROES” ANDY IRVINE & LUKE PLUMB - New album released 14th Feb 2018

I have added the album to the recordings section. Sorry again for my intrusion.

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Re: “PRECIOUS HEROES” ANDY IRVINE & LUKE PLUMB - New album released 14th Feb 2018

No worries. Thanks for adding it to the "Recordings". I’ll be looking out for it.

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Re: “PRECIOUS HEROES” ANDY IRVINE & LUKE PLUMB - New album released 14th Feb 2018

As a little history on this, Luke Plumb used to be a fairly regular instructor at the Zoukfest camp. In 2007, he taught a class titled "Planxty: The sound of 16 strings". Luke had taken an iconic Planxty album, and basically transcribed what both Andy and Donal were doing throughout. That year, Luke and Roger Landes teamed up to play the different parts for the class. The class was a success, and so Luke taught it again in 2008 when Andy was also at the festival.

To my knowledge, that was the first time they had met in person, and Andy was pretty blown away that Luke was able to both transcribe the string parts, and play them beautifully. So I believe that was the beginning of a great friendship, and they have been working to collaborate since then. I know that they did a tour together either late 2016 or early 2017 as well.

Looking forward to hearing the album!

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" In 2007, he taught a class titled "Planxty: The sound of 16 strings" "
How did I not know this? He is brilliant! Thank you, Reverend, for posting that.

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Re: “PRECIOUS HEROES” ANDY IRVINE & LUKE PLUMB - New album released 14th Feb 2018

And I’m guessing that track 10 refers to the sad and recent loss of Angus Grant, fiddler with Shooglenifty.