Irish singer Andy Irvine chose a novel setting to launch his new album - a barn on a County Fermanagh farm.

The venue is more commonly used for lambing and to store hay and isn't the first place you would expect for a world renown traditional musician to launch a new album.

But the venue made perfect sense to singer and songwriter. Irvine's career has spanned five decades, and as a member of the folk band Planxty he achieved widespread success in the 1970's alongside Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O'Flynn.

Since then he has travelled the world and his new solo album, Abocurragh, reflects his globetrotting experiences.

"It was made mainly in Dublin but a lot of people were recorded in Hungary, in Norway, Australia. The album had been around the world before it came out," Irvine told the press.

The album is named after a town land about eight miles from Enniskillen, although Irvine's home is actually in the adjoining town land of Ballysooragh.

"I didn't think Ballysooragh was a great name for an album," Irvine added, "so Abocurragh looked much more attractive and there's about three houses up there too."

The venue is also perfect for Irvine as it is a short walk from his house.

"Sitting on bales of hay it will be very rural and it's just next door to me, so if I get tired I can go and have a lie down between songs," he added.

Several hundred people arrived for the gig and made themselves comfortable on fresh bales of hay.
 

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