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Album of the Month

After The Break - Planxty

After The Break CD ArtworkAfter The Break is a classic the captures Planxty at their very best. The album was recorded in 1978 when the group reformed, having taken a break from working together in 1974 to pursue other musical avenues. Many would say, on hearing this album, that the break did them the power of good. In addition the core line-up of Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn and Andy Irvine they were joined by The Bothy Band flautist Matt Molloy (who later left to join The Chieftains).
In addition to four of the group’s finest songs, including the unforgettable ‘Good Ship Kangaroo’, the album includes six peerless instrumentals. Uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn and Matt Molloy rekindle there long established partnership on tunes such as ‘Lord McDonald / The Chattering Magpie’ and ‘The Blackberry Blossom / Lucky In Love / The Dairy Maid’ which they learned from the playing of the late West Clare piper Willie Clancy. The crowning glory instrumentally has to be a frantic Bulgarian dance tune ‘Smeceno Horo’ which derived from Andy Irvine’s travels in Eastern Europe. More Info

LIAM O'FLYNN'S The Piper's Call - Now available on DVD

Brendan Voyage BoxsetWhen Liam O'Flynn recorded his album The Piper's Call he got together with Emmy winning directors Philip King and Nuala O'Connor to capture, on film, not only the music from The Piper's Call but also an insight into Liam and his musical background.
The results are so visually stunning that Tara Music has released a specially extended version of this television documentary on DVD.
The Piper's Call DVD includes all the music from The Piper's Call album, being performed by a selection of Ireland's top musicians who provide a perfect setting for Liam's piping. In addition Liam is joined by Special Guests Sean Keane - Fiddle & Matt Molloy - flute (of The Chieftains), Mark Knopfler - guitar Galician piper Carlos Núñez and The Irish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Micheál O'Súilleabháin. More Info