First Fruits Arts Centre committee members, Robert Ryall, Barry Curtin and Pat Walsh pictured with performer, Any Irvine, following last Saturday night's show. (John Ahern)

Singer/songwriter, Andy Irvine played The First Fruits Arts Centre in Watergrasshill last Saturday night. 

One of the great survivors of the Irish music scene, London born, Andy Irvine has been singing professionally since the 1960s. Best known as a solo performer, he’s a former member of Patrick Street, Planxty and Sweeney’s Men. During his early career, he combined musicianship with acting and has several stage credits to his name.

A self-confessed free spirit, his globe trotting has taken him to: Britain, Europe, America, Australia, New Zealand and South America. Loosely classed as an Irish folk singer, the single biggest influence on his musical life was Woody Guthrie.

Always open to new influences, he has made a special study of Bulgarian folk music.

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