"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, Ged Foley 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 two decades and eight albums later this "supergroup" has reached legendary status. "Mesmerizing," says Billboard, "…a must for those who love Irish music."
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. The line-up of Burke, Irvine and Daly remained for many years, in the band which became called Patrick Street, and was joined in 1996 by Ged Foley, a highly-skilled guitarist from England with past stints in the Battlefield Band and House Band. In 2005 the Street widened it's talents with John Carty.
The consummate Irish fiddler, Kevin 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. Ged's inventive guitar licks provide ideal underpinning for Andy's intricate songs and the group's blistering sets of reels and jigs. Multi-instrumentalist, John Carty, adds double fiddle with Kevin as well as banjo, flute and tenor-guitar, helps make Patrick Street brim with the spirit and sensitivity of Irish music at its best.
"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
"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