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The second single “A Prince Among Men” (Words and music by Andy Irvine) is now ready to be shared before the live recording "Live in Telemark" (1994) is finally released as an album June 18th.

Lillebjørn Nilsen and Irishman Andy Irvine had known each other for about 17 years before they met at the Telemark Festival in 1994, finally reallising their dream to be on the stage together. It resulted in an exhilarating concert consisting of both Nilsen’s and Irvine’s repertoire. The two troubadours complement each other perfectly, musically as well as thematically.

The first single released from the album “Live in Telemark” was "Jenta i Chicago", where Lillebjørn Nilsen sings about a girl that showed up at Nevin´s pub in Chicago. Andy Irvine now counters with the song “A prince Among Men” – a song about a miner that is determined that his son will not have to follow his father’s path down in the coal mines.

- “I have met a number of sons and daughters of coal miners who told me this story. A coal miner never received a decent living wage and when his sons would come of an age where they could be of some use at the pit head, they would be taken out of school and given a small job with a small, but essential pay packet at the end of the week. Their education, peremptorily finished, they would, in time, follow their fathers down into the mine. The miner in this song is determined that this will not happen to his son.” – Andy Irvine

Andy Irvine is known as one of the greatest Irish singers and songwriters and is referred to as “a tradition in himself”, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. Musician, singer, songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his over 50-year career. He is also known for being at the helm of such legendary bands as Planxty & Sweeney’s Men.

Lillebjørn Nilsen is a Norwegian singer, songwriter and folk musician. In total he has received five Spellemannpriser (Norwegian Grammy´s) both as a solo artist and as a part of bigger groups. He is often mentioned as Norway’s “King of folk music”.

Lillebjørn Nilsen: vocal, guitar, willow flute and hardanger fiddle
Andy Irvine: vocal, mandola, bouzouki and harmonica


from Live in Telemark, track released May 21, 2021
Composed by Andy Irvine


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Andy Irvine

Irish singer-songwriter and traditional musician. He plays bouzouki, mandola, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, harmonica and sometimes guitar.

Sweeney's Men, Planxty, Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, Patrick Street, Mozaik, LAPD, Usher's Island and more.
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