Planxty | “The Blacksmith” on (the) “Late Late Show”

Planxty on “Late Late Show” – Irish Prog Trad band – sort of a “super group” of Irish rock and trad heads from the early 70s. Mad folk. Great musicians. Legend.

update: bands like Fleet Foxes, Megafaun, Bon Iver should take note.

WikiPeeDIAAAAAA sez:
“Planxty is an Irish folk music band formed in the 1970s, consisting initially of Christy Moore (vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhrán), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitars), Andy Irvine (vocals, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy, harmonica), and Liam O’Flynn (uilleann pipes, tin whistle). Subsequently Johnny Moynihan, Matt Molloy (flute) and, briefly, Paul Brady were also members.”

At the end Christy Moore looks like he’s done something wrong to Trad Music, i can only think that its might be akin to the – possibly – false or apocryphal quote from Sean O’Riada. When asked about the Bodhran, O’Riada allegedly remarked that the best way to play a Bodhran was with “a knife”.


In 1972 Christy Moore released his second album Prosperous, which he recorded with his old schoolmates, Lunny, Irvine, and O’Flynn. After recording Prosperous, they formed Planxty. The group’s first major performance, opening for Donovan in Galway, was a great success. Neither the audience nor the band knowing what to expect, both were pleasantly surprised. Irvine, unable to see the audience through the lighting, was worried that the crowd was on the verge of rioting. It took him several minutes to realize what he was hearing was enthusiasm. (On the 2004 retrospective, The Christy Moore Box Set, a rough quality recording of the song “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” was included, complete with audience’s reaction.)

A formative influence on Planxty and in particular on Christy Moore was the singing of Irish Traveller John “Jacko” Reilly who hailed from Boyle, Co. Roscommon. It was from Reilly that Moore learned “The Raggle Taggle Gypsy”, which was recorded on the first Planxty album, in addition to “The Well Below the Valley” and “As I Roved Out”, which appeared on The Well Below the Valley. Christy later dipped into Reilly’s songbook again for an updated version of the lengthy ballad “Lord Baker”, which was featured on Planxty’s 1983 album Words

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