Andy Irvine has been called Ireland's Woody Guthrie. Irvine toured the world promoting Irish music as well as picking up on the traditional music of the countries he visited, concentrating on the music of the Balkans. From the '60s through the '80s he founded three Irish supergroups--Sweeney's Men, Planxty and Patrick Street--before launching Mozaik in '02. The band is an eclectic assortment of musicians featuring Hungary's Nikola Parov, who plays everything from Bulgarian bagpipes to clarinet; Holland's Rens Van Der Zalm on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, accordion, tin whistle and bass; American Bruce Molsky, who's been called "old-time music's answer to Ry Cooder" on fiddle and banjo; and Scottish guitarist Tony McManus.
Despite their mastery of traditional music from around the world, this tour is dedicated to performances of Irish, Balkan and old-time genres.