Irish folk legend Andy Irvine (Planxty, Sweeney’s Men, Patrick Street) is coming to our pocket of regional Victoria to launch his latest album. Made in collaboration with Australian Luke Plumb, Precious Heroes is a tribute to his musical and political heroes who ‘‘stood up for the working people’’. Dec 24, 2014 · The current project is down to Irish singer Caitríona O’Leary, an emphatic, willowy presence around the recording studios, and the lead singer on the recording. O’Leary is known internationally for her theatrically driven performances of sean-nós, folk and early music. The ‘Irish’ Bouzouki has a brighter more open sound, and is easier to hold. The scale length is now generally a little shorter than Greek bouzoukis, and the distinction between Bouzouki and Octave Mandola (also known in America as Octave Mandolin) has become blurred, as the neck length is the only difference. Ciaran Curran of Fermanagh started playing traditional music in college, plays the bouzouki for Altan. Originally a Greek traditional instrument, it was introduced to Irish music by Johnny Moynihan, of Sweeney's Men, and later popularised by Andy Irvine and others, until it has now become almost a standard Irish traditional instrument.