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Andy Irvine

Colin Harper, Folk Roots, October 2000

HAVING BEEN through the music business mill several times over the past thirty-five years, with spells in such legendary and pioneering Irish music ensembles as Sweeney's Men, Planxty and the roots-of-Riverdance East Wind duo with Davy Spillane, Andy Irvine is now blazing a trail in revenge through e-commerce: "My email address might as well be the name of my record label," he muses. True enough, his last two releases have the catalogue numbers AK-1 (Rain On The Roof, 1996) and AK-2 (Way Out Yonder, 2000) but no label. Determinedly avoiding record labels, Andy is also pretty damning about record retailers. Is it all a philosophy of hate against capitalism itself?

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