Planxty (album)

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Studio album by Planxty
Released Early 1973
Recorded September 1972, at Command Studios, London.
Genre Irish folk music
Length 43:13
Label Polydor, Shanachie
Producer Phil Coulter
Planxty chronology
The Well Below The Valley
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Review scores
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Planxty[2]:129-145 is the first album by the Irish folk group Planxty, released in early 1973.[2]:145 Because of its dark cover, it is sometimes referred to as "the Black Album." Author Leagues O'Toole has written that the album "crystallises the 1972 set" performed live by the band during their first year of touring.[2]:129

The album features a variety of traditional and modern Irish folk songs and tunes. It was influential in popularising this genre. The last track revealed the impact of Balkan folk music on mandolinist Andy Irvine. The traditional song "The Blacksmith" concludes with Irvine playing "Blacksmithereens", a tune reflecting the influences he gathered during his travels in Eastern Europe.[2]:144

Although Planxty is nominally the first album by the band, all four members performed together on Christy Moore's previous album Prosperous, which opened with the same track, "Raggle Taggle Gypsy/Tabhair dom do Lámh". An earlier recording of " Bheag, Sí Mhór" had been included as a b-side to Planxty's first single, "Three Drunken Maidens".

Recordings completed during the sessions but excluded from the album were new versions of the singles "Three Drunken Maidens" and "The Cliffs of Dooneen", as well as "When First unto this Country" (sung by Lunny) and the traditional Southern Appalachian song "Down In The Valley" featuring all members of the band, including O'Flynn on vocal harmonies.[2]:133 The latter track has since been released on Christy Moore's 2004 box set.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Raggle Taggle Gypsy/Tabhair Dom Do Lámh" (traditional)
  2. "Arthur McBride" (traditional)
  3. "Planxty Irwin" (Turlough O'Carolan)
  4. "Sweet Thames Flow Softly" (Ewan MacColl)
  5. "Junior Crehan's Favourite/Corney is Coming" (traditional reels)
  6. "The West Coast of Clare" (Andy Irvine)
  7. "The Jolly Beggar/The Wise Maid" (traditional reel)
  8. "Only Our Rivers" (Mickey MacConnell)
  9. " Bheag, Sí Mhór" (Turlough O'Carolan)
  10. "Follow Me Up to Carlow" (traditional)
  11. "Merrily Kissed the Quaker" (traditional slide)
  12. "The Blacksmith" (traditional)



  1. ^ Planxty (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c d e O'Toole, Leagues (2006). The Humours of Planxty. Ireland: Hodder Headline. ISBN 03-4083-796-9.