An autobiographical look into Andy Irvine's 32 year journey and continuous dedication as aworking bass player, composer, and educator. For any person on a path of passion, discovery, and entrepreneurship. As told from a musicians perspective. Edited by best selling author Joel Mclver.
Andy Irvine has been a proud endorser of Black Diamond Strings for many years! It's the oldest American string company with a rich history. Since 1890 Black Diamond strings have made the sounds that created tradition, and evolved the entire development of American music. The earliest country and western, blue grass, folk music, blues, jazz and rock &roll all came to life with Black Diamond strings as the catalyst and vehicle to deliver the music to the world. Soon Black Diamond and Andy will be teaming up for a very special promotion where by mentioning Andy's name and providing a code, players will be able to get great discounts!
Stay tuned for details and official promo announcement.
Starting in June 27-29 with several performances at the Blues From The Top Festival held in scenic Winter Park Colorado.
He will then jet set to South Africa to continue his educational world tour presenting Warwick "Sound Of Bass" workshop events. July 1-7 workshops will be held in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
After making his long journey back stateside, Andy heads directly to Nashville, TN for the Summer NAMM Show - July 17-20, where he will appear each day at the Warwick booth giving demonstrations, meeting fans, and answering product questions.
Then July 28 - Aug 1, it's off to Jackson Hole ,WY to be an instructor at the annual week long Jackson Hole Rock Camp. But that's not all! August 16, Andy heads to Europe again for 4 weeks. He will be a professor for the 3rd consecutive year at the 2014 Warwick hosted Bass Camp held in Markneukirchen,Germany Sep 1-5.
The week long camp, which is sponsored by Guitar and Bass Magazine, will have 90 students from 11 nations attending. They will learn from an outstanding cast of professors which comprises many of the world's most renown bassists and educators. Andy will teach classes along with: Victor Wooten, Gary Willis, Alphonso Johnson, Jonas Hellborg, Wolfgang Schmid, Regi Wooten, Stu Hamm, Adam Nitti, Dave Ellefson, Armand Sabal-lecco, Bobby Vega , Lars Lehmann, John B Williams, Hellmut Hattler, Kevin (Brandino) Brandon, and Steve Bailey.
Following the camp Warwick will hold it's annual Open Day event Sept 6th, where thousands of guests will visit the factory for tours, live music, meet and greet sessions, food and fun . The Andy Irvine Group from the USA will perform, along with headliner Robert Trujillo's supergroup - Mass Mental, The Wooten Brothers, Nick West, Dave Roe and more.
Time for a break? Not a chance! Immediately Andy's world workshop tour continues on with dates soon to be announced throughout Eastern Europe, Spain, and more until late Sept.
Andy is currently blazing a trail across all of Australia, sharing useful educational information and spreading a wealth of inspiration to venues packed with musicians. Read below a review of a recent workshop event that was held in Gold Coast, Australia.
Andy Irvine's Warwick "The Sound of Bass" World Tour
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Last night I attended Andy Irvine's Warwick "The Sound of Bass" Workshop Tour Clinic on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
I arrived to a near full capacity venue with a diversified crowd all eager to hear and learn from one of the most positive and inspirational musicians.. well, I have ever met!
As the clinic started, Andy introduced himself and shared to us his history of where he grew up and how his love of Bass began. It was very interesting to hear his journey and how the fire (reads passion) for Bass began to burn, it was evident to see it still burns strong to this day.
Andy explained how he developed his style, using examples of players that have influenced him demonstrating how he mixed up the all up in his 'inspiration melting pot' to achieve His own style. It was a beautiful and effective demonstration.
Andy then played a few Blues examples and explained how Blues music has shaped his playing, giving emotion to every note and really feeling how each note has its own voice. Then moved on and played a few his personal songs which just blew the house down.
The clinic then progressed to the Warwick/ Framus brand and explained to us how each Warwick Bass is produced. How the wood is sourced, treated, selected, worked and finished explaining how each instrument is created blending new technology and old school principles to create, in my opinion the world's best instruments. Truly mind blowing. A trip to Warwick HQ is definitely on my bucket list as a travel destination.
The session was wrapped up with a Q&A where Andy was more than accepting of any question posed to him and gave thoughtful, intelligent answers. He even took to a Thumb bass and punched out one of his tracks, a highlight for me being a Thumb player.
I mentioned before that Andy Irvine is a musician and purposely did not say Bassist. Sure, he is a Bassist and a mighty fine one at that but he encompasses the title of Musician so much better. The term Bassist refers to a person that can play a Bass as a rhythm and lead instrument but the term Musician refers to the broader scope of what a Bassist does. As a Musician you understand what each of your counterparts is doing which gives you the ability (a psychic ability perhaps) to read the situation, foresee what and where the music is headed and adapt to the situation to bring the most out of the performance. This also relates to Andy away from an instrument as his kindness and positive persona is nothing short infectious.
Thank you so much Warwick/ Framus for giving us the opportunity to hear and learn from what Andy Irvine and what his soul is about. It has really changed the title of 'Soul Bassist' for me as i discovered so much more about my chosen instrument and will take what has been learnt into every practice session, rehearsal and performance.
Thank you Andy Irvine for giving a newly found inspiration to a fellow musician. In many ways i feel as though i am on the cusp of the journey you are on and through dedication, practice and belief i feel as though i can achieve my dreams.
- Michael Romeo
Andy recently returned from his Warwick "Sound Of Bass" Workshop Tour of South America, where he visited Argentina, Chile, and Peru.
All of the events he presented we're completely filled to capacity and over flowing with excited musicians and music lovers, making the leg of the world tour a home run, and effectively providing a wealth of inspiration to many.
Here are some performance highlights filmed in Lima, Peru. Andy regularly invites top regional musicians to perform with him in his workshops, and demonstrate with him, collaboration, the art of listening, and the language of musicianship through improvisation.
Shades of the FUNK conversation - Lima, Peru
Andy Irvine was recently interviewed by top bass website www.forbassplayersonly.com host Jon Liebman while in LA. Andy discussed his life long path, passion for creating music, educational goals, association with Warwick, and the "road dog" lifestyle which takes him around the entire world.
Andy Irvine's Warwick "Sound Of Bass" World Workshop Tour is back on the move full force!!
Andy recently visited Mexico City and Monterrey Mexico to present his special brand of educational and fun musicianship learning events.
The tour heads deep south of the equator in March with many workshop and concert events taking place throughout all of South America - Brazil, Argentina, Chili, and Peru.
In April and May the tour will go even lower and down under with events in multiple cities throughout Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, and The Philippines.
Coming March 2014! Andy Irvine - to release book and accompanying 60min lecture HD DVD. An autobiographical look into Irvine's 32 year journey and continuous dedication as working player, composer, and educator. For any person on a path of passion, discovery, and entrepreneurship. As told from a musicians perspective. Edited by best selling author Joel Mclver.
Please stay tuned to see all the recent news and exciting plans regarding Warwick's extensive 2014 "Sound Of Bass" interactive Workshop Tour visiting 10 counties around the world, the 2014 Warwick Bass Camp, new album releases, educational videos, tour dates and more!
Andy Irvine appeared at the 2014 NAMM show Jan 23-26 in Anaheim, CA - the massive annual musical instrument trade show where manufactures of instruments and all things music related from around the world come to unveil their new offerings for 2014.
Andy was on hand at the incredible Warwick booth giving instrument and amp demos, taking part in meet and greets along with an outstanding cast of top Warwick players, and visiting with fans everyday of the event.
The Andy Irvine Group recently blazed a red hot trail across Europe lighting audiences on fire in Germany, Belgium, France, and Austria. The 2013 Diggin That Funky Blues European Tour visited 16 cities in total. The line up of the group was in the power trio format featuring Andy Irvine leading the band and playing his own unique style of funky bass guitar, John Ohnmacht -guitar/vocals, and Marco Fuliano Drums.
Check out the video links in the media section to see the band in action delivering their hard grooving blend of blues, rock and soul music. Plans are in place and dates confirmed for a spring 2015 European Tour in support of the bands live album release featuring material recorded live across Europe.
In July 2013 Andy Irvine released his 3rd solo album "The Way I Like It." A complete departure from his previously released albums, it is a truly solo bass guitar feature album with a sparse and ambient production. The relaxed and easy going world music rhythms, and melodies take the listener to far away lands. His deep love of American blues and soul music are also evident and displayed throughout with warm soulful execution. All of the bass tracks we're recorded completely live with no over dubs or layering. The 11 song collection of original compositions features the sounds of his custom Warwick 12 string bass guitar on 5 songs. This unique instrument has an angelic rich tone. The other 6 songs feature Irvine's flowing melodic style on the 4 string bass guitar. Also featured is accompaniment from world renown percussionist Gumbi Ortiz, known for his work as percussionist with Al Di Meola for well over 25 years.
"I set out to record and release a bass guitar feature album with a certain and strict criteria in mind, it had to sound like music and be a relaxed enjoyable listen from the beginning of the album to the end. I composed all the music to be melody and rhythm oriented, and to be "listenable" I did not want to create an album which displays tricky and impressive techniques, more so to provide a soulful collection of songs that might transport the listener to a pleasant place of relaxation. I'm proud of the finished work, and in ways it is my best to date" - Andy Irvine
"The Way I Like It" is now being featured in regular rotation with several cuts being played on the very popular on-line bass feature radio station Bass On The Broadband which has listeners in over 100 countries.
Andy Irvine is an internationally known bassist, recognized by his driving bass grooves, huge tone, ferocious soloing, diverse song writing and producing skills. Currently residing in the high mountains of Colorado.
His vast experience in performing, touring, and studio work has gained him respect among the industry, and his bass peers. His style of performing can best be described as holding down thick fundamental support lines, ripping aggressive bass solos, and all points in between. Irvine’s influences range from funk, soul, blues, jazz, gospel and various rock styles of music. With a playful musical personality and dynamic presence on the stage, Irvine radiates with passion and love for his craft everywhere he goes.
In 2012 Andy was asked personally by FUNK icon Bootsy Collins to become a "professor" at his Funk University. Several of Andy's lessons and lectures are now part the Funk-U program, more educational segments are regularly being filmed in LA for ongoing use at Funk U.
Andy Irvine has released 3 independent solo albums, his newest - The Way I like it (2013), Diggin' That funky Blues (2012) and Soul Clap (2009). All 3 albums feature music he composed, arranged, and produced himself. Andy also just announced a brand new Andy Irvine apparel line available through Lathon Bass Wear. Check it out and order some funky soul bass gear today!
Andy was recently featured on the cover of the March 2013 issue of Bass Guitar Magazine, in a feature interview in the April 2013 issue, and also in Bass Player Magazine (2009) referring to him as "soloist sensation,”
Andy has conducted over 150 educational bass clinics internationally across 9 countries around the globe.
Currently Andy is working with Warwick Basses and amps, EMG, and Source Audio exclusively to host Warwick's "The Sound Of Bass" World Clinic Tour 2013.
Andy returned for the second year in a row to be a featured "professor" at Warwick's European Bass Camp event held in Markneukirchen, Germany Sept 2-7, 2013. He was an instructor at the week long camp along with an esteemed cast the worlds top bassists including: Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, Stuart Hamm, Alphonso Johnson, Lee Sklar, Steve Bailey, Jonas Hellborg, John B. Williams and more. Warwick are proud to present Bass Camp 2014.
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