Andy Irvine gets Music on the Mall rolling for the summer |

Andy Irvine gets Music on the Mall rolling for the summer

The Andy Irvine Blues Collective will kick off the Blues Festival weekend and the summer-long Music on the Mall events at 5 p.m. today (Friday) in Cooper Creek Square.

Bassist Andy Irvine is best known for his driving funky grooves, ferocious soloing and song writing skills. Andy is currently touring and performing with Mississippi-based piano virtuoso Eden Brent, Colorado blues greats John Alex Mason, The Jelly Roll Bakers, and Bobby Walker, soul/jazz outfit The Brian Jordan Trio, and his own Andy Irvine Blues Collective

Irvine’s history also includes national touring with such groups as On The One, Giant People and founding the south Florida “futuristic groove trio” Beanstalk. Andy has contributed his solid bass work to 35 albums with national and international artists ranging from troubadour Tiny Tim to shock rocker GG Allin throughout his 28 year career. Irvine has been very busy lately logging on 300+ shows touring throughout the United States with the funk/soul group On The One.

Irvine was featured in an interview/article on soloing in the March 2009 issue of Bass Player Magazine, the magazine refers to him as a ” soloist sensation.” Irvine is a dedicated educator of bass guitar and is currently presenting concert clinics nationally.

“I get a great deal of satisfaction and personal rewards from sharing my gifts with aspiring bassists young and old,” he says.

Andy’s debut solo album “Soul Clap” was released this month. The album is available through his myspace page and at his shows and clinics. Visit for details.  

The current Blues Collective line up features: Andy Irvine, bass; Jimmy Yozel, drums; Johnny O, guitar/vocals; Bobby Walker, guitar/vocals; and Brad Pregeant, keyboards/vocals.

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