Following a period of rehearsal and
a low-key concert in the West of Ireland the Original Planxty lineup
are performing a series of Irish concerts in Dublin's Vicar Street.
Due due to unprecedented demand, 6 Dublin dates sold-out in a day,
4 extra Dublin dates have been added
original lineup of Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Liam O'Flynn and
Andy Irvine have not performed together in public since 1983. Following
their recent concert Liam O'Flynn has said that all the pleasure
and excitement of the early years is still there and that all the
band are looking forward to the forthcoming concerts.
Some of these concerts were filmed by hummingbird
productions and a DVD/CD is expected in the coming months. There
are also many, unconfirmed, that further gigs are in the pipeline.
was an air of expectation hanging over the crowd beforehand that
would fire a rocket launcher. 23 years is a mighty long time to
wait for the rekindling, but somehow we guessed that the wait would
be worth it.
Just as soon as Liam O'Flynn exhorted the rest of them to 'take
it away boys', we knew we were on home turf and not only would the
sods be cut, but that they'd be turned, footed and loaded on the
trailer by the time the lights came up, an exhilarating two hours
O'Flynn's invisible readying of the bellows, Lunny's and Irvine's
intricate tapestry of bouzouki and mandolin and Christy's nervy
introductions had the sardine-packed audience on the edge of their
seats from the get go. Lunny's bouzouki has always been credited
as the engine of the band, and rightly so, his muscular, driving
rhythms marking out their territory. Andy Irvine's mandolin and
guitar cross-stitched in between with that old familiar ease, his
vocals lending their characteristic finesse to the pot. And Christy's
sheer ebullience guaranteed that epic sagas such as 'The Good Ship
Knagaroo' gathered all before them in their welcoming gabhaáil.
But Liam O'Flynn was the lynchpin that not only held them together
but bolstered them so securely that they could take flight. His
utterly controlled, surgically precise reading of everything from
'Sí Bheag Sí Mhór' to 'Tabhair Dom Do Lámh'
and 'An Buachaill Chaol Dubh' was enough to lure the hardiest of
piping allergists into the midst of the mêlée. And
when he sidled into the heart of Christy's ultimate set piece, that
spellbinding, 26 verse tale of adultery, murder (and true love)
that is 'Little Musgrave', well, some of us simply exited the planet
at that moment, content to float free on the sheer genius and magic
of the ensemble playing.
They acknowledged their inheritances generously, from Ballyvourney's
Elizabeth Cronin to Mickey O'Connell and John Reilly. They traced
the tread from Turlough O'Carolan all the way to the anonymous donation
of 'Little Musgrave', found by Christy on a series of loose pages
languishing on an auctioneer's floorboards.
There were punters there who probably still have the stubs of their
tickets from the early days. Everyone just knew that this was going
to be something special. For those of us who'd lived their music
through the albums, never having witnessed them in 3D, it was akin
to an awakening. Liam O'Flynn's pipes were the real revelation,
the Marilyn Monroe who burst from the cake at JFK's birthday party.
Breaths will be held in anticipation of their live album, and after
that, who knows? But these boys appetites for one another's company
won't be easily sated by a dozen New Year gigs. new tunes are lurking
very close to the stage door. We could almost hear them tiptoeing
towards Lunny's bouzouki as we floated home."
Siobhan Long - The Irish Times
Planxty, first got together in 1972,
after recording of Christy Moore's second album Prosperous (TARACD2008).
At their core were Christy Moore, his old school mate Donal Lunny,
piper extraordinaire Liam O'Flynn, and Andy Irvine. The four enjoyed
each others company so much during the recording of Prosperous'
that they decided to have a go at making it a full-time adventure.
They released a highly acclaimed single 'The Cliffs of Dooneen'
and were promptly signed to an exclusive recording contract with
Over the following years the group grew to huge status in Ireland,
Britain and throughout Europe, they recorded two other albums in
the next two years and then split up, with "The Planxty Collection"
coming out as a good compilation of the first three albums.
original lineup of Christy, Andy, Liam and Donal reformed Planxty
in 1979. They recorded three further albums including After
the Break and The Woman I Loved So Well. There were
several additions and changes to their lineup most notably the addition
of Matt Molloy, flautist from the Bothy Band, and later with The
Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th January 2004
Glór Irish Music Centre, Friar's Walk, Ennis, Co. Clare.
Friday 30th and Saturday 31st January 2004
Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th February 2004
Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th February 2004
EXTRA DATES ADDED
Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th February 2004
Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th February 2004
Radisson SAS, Galway, Mon 6th, Tue 7th and
Wed 8th 2004.
Tickets: Redlight Records, Galway - Shop St:
Eglington St: 091 568340
Dublin's Point Theatre Tuesday 28th, Wed
29th & Thur 30th Dec 2004.
Jan 3rd, 4th & 5th 2005
Waterfront Hall, Belfast. Wed. 19th &
Thur 20th Jan 2005.
Sat Jan 29th, Sun Jan 30th & Mon Jan 31st
2005: The Barbican, London, 7.30pm.