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Patrick Street

Kevin Burke, Andy Irvine, Jackie Daly and Ged Foley
"These are veterans of Planxty, the Bothy Band, De Dannan and more, who represent the distillation of a crucial new strain that emerged in traditional Irish music some twenty-five years ago. " -Tim O'Brien, liner notes to Compendium


"I don't know this guy Patrick Street, but I tell you, the boys in his band are really good."  This comment was heard in line just a few minutes before the start of the very first concert on the very first tour ever played by Patrick Street. Well, Patrick never did show up, but the "boys" are still doing fine without him!
The Irish "supergroup" Patrick Street began with four recognized masters joining forces for a tour in 1986.  Fifteen years and seven albums later, the group has  reached "legendary" status. Billboard has called their music "mesmerizing" and their albums "a must for those who love Irish music."
Though the guitar position has changed over the years (initally Arty McGlynn, later Gerry O'Beirne) the line-up--  Kevin Burke (ex-Bothy Band), singer/bouzouki player Andy Irvine (ex-Planxty), Jackie Daly (ex-De Dannan), and multi-instrumentalist Ged Foley (formerly of the Battlefield Band, and now in The House Band) --  has otherwise remained constant.  
 
'Compendium' is a  'Best Of Patrick Street' collection by this outstanding Irish group from January 2001. The record was compiled by the band with liner notes by bluegrass singer/songwriter and Irish music fan Tim O'Brien.  There are songs and tunes from throughout the band's 15-year history, including a live version of their trademark number "Music for a Found Harmonium."  As O'Brien writes, "Compendium is packed with the kind of great performances we've come to expect.  The fact is, Patrick Street always sound great!
 
Patrick Street Individual Biographies

Kevin Burke  (fiddle) was born in London, England to Irish parents who came originally from Sligo, an area renowned for its traditional music, particularly that of the fiddle. As a teenager he played in music clubs throughout England and Ireland, but in 1972 a chance meeting with Arlo Guthrie brought him to the USA to play on Arlo's album, Last Of The Brooklyn Cowboys (he would eventually make the country his home).
At Christy Moore's beckoning, Kevin moved for a period to Ireland to join what would become one of the most influential Irish groups of the 1970s, The Bothy Band. After the band's breakup, he recorded two classic duo albums and toured with Bothy Band guitarist Míchéal O'Domhnaill. He has also made his presence felt as a member of both The Celtic Fiddle Festival (with Johnny Cunningham) and the leader of the Irish-American outfit Open House.
As a founder of Patrick Street, Kevin has given to the band's sound and repertoire a highly ornamented Sligo fiddle style that is both "in the tradition" and full of multi-cultural surprises. "My style is a definite composite," he says. "The old Sligo players provided the building blocks but I've borrowed bits and pieces from all sorts of musicians along the way."

Andy Irvine (vocals/bouzouki/mandolin) is one of the great balladeers of Irish music-his voice is one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He was a member of two other groundbreaking groups, Sweeney's Men (with Johnny Moynihan) and Planxty (with Christy Moore) and has worked closely with Paul Brady. Album collaborations include work with the likes of De Danann, Maddy Prior, June Tabor and Dick Gaughan.
If his voice explores an aching Irish romanticism, his sprightly bouzouki playing has brought a Balkan edge to his musical collaborations. Andy was one of the first to bring bouzouki and Bulgarian music to the Irish tradition. His collaborative album 'East Wind' with Riverdance composer Bill Whelan featured Hungarian singer Marta Sebestyen.

Jackie Daly (accordion) comes from North Cork and plays in the style of Sliabh Luachra, the area bordering Kerry and North Cork and encompassing such towns as Castleisland and Jackie's home, Kanturk. Sliabh Luachra is a regional style known for its lively slides and lovely, spirited polkas (of which Jackie is a master). He was a member of the famous Irish group De Dannan and has toured or recorded with the likes of Dolores Keane, Buttons And Bows, Kevin Burke (as a duo), John Faulkner and Seamus Creagh.

Ged Foley (guitar/fiddle/vocals) was born in County Durham in the North East of England. Ged (pronounced "Jed") was a one-time member of Scotland's The Battlefield Band and is a founding member of The House Band. For a time, he worked in a duo with the excellent English singer/songwriter Jez Lowe. He replaced original Patrick Street member Arty McGlynn in 1996. Ged is a superb guitarist, a singer of distinction with a dry, spare, unornamented style and a player of both the fiddle and the Northumbrian smallpipes. He lives in the USA.

Discography

Compendium: The Best Of Patrick Street (GLCD 1207)
- Live From Patrick Street (GLCD 1194)
1997- Made in Cork (GLCD 1184)
1996- Corner Boys (GLCD 1160)
1993- All in Good Time (GLCD 1125)
1990- Irish Times (GLCD 1105)
1988- No. 2 Patrick Street (GLCD 1088)
- Burke/Daly/Irvine/McGlynn: Patrick Street (GLCD 1071)
 

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