Andy Irvine: ‘Being loved may be an important part of my psyche’

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RTÉ Radio 1 is launching its inaugural Folk Music Awards, and the recipient of its first Lifetime Achievement Award is a hugely loved veteran who’s earned his stripes.

  • Siobhan Long
  • The Irish Times

If folk music can be described as music “by, of and for folks” (to hijack a phrase), Ireland can lay claim to a remarkably sturdy inheritance.

Erv 4dOur folk canon depends on the inventiveness of its artists to renew its lifeblood across the generations, and this is a role that a remarkably diverse range of singers and musicians embrace vigorously these days.

Unlike many other countries, we have a…

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