“Veterans of Planxty, the Bothy Band, De Dannan and more, Patrick Street represents the distillation of a crucial new strain that emerged in traditional Irish music some twenty-five years ago.” Tim O’Brien
Kevin Burke, Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn and John Carty – collectively known as Patrick Street – are known throughout the Irish music world as four of its most brilliant players. On a repertoire steeped in traditional music, the band’s tightly executed arrangements and unparalleled musicianship know no equal. Beginning as a one-time tour of four recognized masters, nearly three decades and eight albums later this “supergroup” has reached legendary status. “Mesmerizing,” says Billboard, “…a must for those who love Irish music.”
Patrick Street was launched in 1986 as a one-off tour de force called Legends of Irish Music. Living up to its name, it featured fiddler Kevin Burke (veteran of The Bothy Band), singer/bouzouki player Andy Irvine (Planxty), and accordion player Jackie Daly (De Dannan), along with acclaimed guitarist Arty McGlynn. With the success of the tour, the quartet released an album that year named Patrick Street (after a road or avenue found in towns across Ireland) and a band was born. The line-up of Burke, Irvine and Daly remained constant for many years, with other distinctive artists passing through the ranks including guitarists Gerry O’Beirne and Ged Foley, fiddler James Kelly, and uilleann piper Declan Masterson. In 2005 the Street widened it’s talents with John Carty and Arty McGlynn rejoined again for shows from 2010.
The consummate Irish fiddler, Kevin Burke has given to the band’s sound and repertoire the highly ornamented Sligo style for which he’s known. Andy Irvine is one of the great balladeers of Irish music, and his bouzouki playing has long been a standard by which others are judged. He brings his shared passions for Eastern European rhythms and American folksinger Woody Guthrie to the band. Arty McGlynn is a legendary guitarist having performed with many of Ireland’s top artists including Van Morrison, De Dannan and Planxty. John Carty, is a multi-instrumentalist known for his sensational fiddling, John adds double fiddle with Kevin as well as exciting variety to the band with his talents on banjo, flute and tenor-guitar.
Kevin Burke (fiddle)
Kevin Burke 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. 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 is also a member of The Celtic Fiddle Festival, who celebrated their 20th Anniversary in 2013. In 2002, Kevin was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. “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.” Kevin now makes Portland, OR his home.
Andy Irvine (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin)
Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice 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 and Planxty (which has recently reformed), 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 ‘EastWind’ with Riverdance composer Bill Whelan featured Hungarian singer Marta Sebestyen. His latest projects include the group Mozaik (with Donal Lunny, Bruce Molsky, Nikola Parov and Rens van der Zalm) and LAPD (with Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glacklin and Donal Lunny).
Arty McGlynn (guitar)
Arty is without doubt the finest and most sought after guitar player in Ireland. He has recorded and played with Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Liam O’Flynn, and Donal Lunny and played as a member of such prestigious groups as Planxty, De Dannan and the Van Morrison Band. He also tours with his wife, the traditional Irish singer Nollaig Casey.
John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute, tenor guitar)
Born in London, England and now residing in Co. Roscommon, Ireland, John plays in the Roscommon and Sligo styles of his family roots. He was named Traditional Musician of the Year for 2003 by Irish Television TG4. He has released a number of well-regarded albums and also plays with his band At the Racket.
Quotes from the Press
“With the relaxed grace of masters, Patrick Street use their breathtaking virtuosity to display this ancient music at its wild and humble best.” The Boston Globe
“An overall joy…Irish traditional music performed with fervor and fidelity.” Irish Echo
“With the possible exception of the Chieftains, there’s no better Celtic music group in the world right now than Patrick Street!” The Washington Post
“Mesmerizing…a must for those who love Irish music.” Billboard