After the Break

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After The Break
Studio album by Planxty
Released 1979
Recorded 18–30 June 1979,
at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
Genre Irish folk music
Length 47:57
Label Tara Music, Shanachie Records
Producer Dónal Lunny
Planxty chronology
Cold Blow and the Rainy Night
After The Break
The Woman I Loved So Well

After The Break[1]:253–271 is the fourth studio album by the Irish folk music band Planxty, recorded at Windmill Lane Studios from 18 to 30 June 1979[1]:260–262 and released the same year. It was the band's first of two releases on Tara Records.

As its title suggests, this was the first album released after the group's initial split in 1975 (although Dónal Lunny and Christy Moore had resigned, separately, earlier). The album was produced by Lunny and engineered by Brian Masterson, who had worked with the band since their earliest shows.[1]:262–263 It is the first of two albums to feature future Chieftains member Matt Molloy on flute, who had earlier been playing with Lunny in The Bothy Band.

Two other pieces recorded at the time, "Lord McDonald/The Chattering Magpie" (a set of reels) and "The Bonny Light Horseman" (a song by Andy Irvine) were not included on the LP, but were later released on the Tara Records compilation High Kings of Tara, in 1980.[2] However, these two recordings were subsequently added to the CD and digital versions of After The Break.[3]

The album closes with the Bulgarian dance tune "Smeceno Horo" brought to the group by Irvine, who has called it "the closest I ever got to melding two traditions together".[1]:266

Track listing[edit]

All titles credited to: "C. Moore/D. Lunny/A. Irvine/M. Molloy/L. O'Flynn". Published by Mild Music.

Original LP Version[edit]

Side A

  1. "The Good Ship Kangaroo" (song) – 4:33
  2. "East At Glendart/Brian O'Lynn/Pay The Reckoning" (double jigs) – 3:43
  3. "You Rambling Boys Of Pleasure" (song) – 7:48
  4. "The Lady On The Island/The Gatehouse Maid/The Virginia/Callaghan's" (reels) – 3:11

Side B

  1. "The Rambling Siúler" (song) – 4:19
  2. "The Blackberry Blossom/Lucky In Love/The Dairy Maid" (reels) – 4:58
  3. "The Pursuit Of Farmer Michael Hayes" (song) – 6:10
  4. "Smeceno Horo" (Bulgarian dance) – 4:32

CD and Digital Release[edit]

  1. "The Good Ship Kangaroo" (song) – 4:33
  2. "Double Jigs: East at Glendart / Brian O' Flynn / Pay the Reckoning" (double jigs) – 3:43
  3. "You Rambling Boys of Pleasure" (song) – 7:48
  4. "Reels: The Blackberry Blossom / Lucky in Love / The Dairy Maid" (reels) – 3:11
  5. "The Rambling Siúler" (song) – 4:19
  6. "The Lady On The Island / The Gatehouse Maid / The Virginia / Callaghan's" (reels) – 4:58
  7. "The Pursuit of Farmer Michael Hayes" (song) – 6:10
  8. "Lord McDonald / The Chattering Magpie" (reels) – 4:12
  9. "The Bonny Light Horseman" (song) – 4:31
  10. "Smeceno Horo" (Bulgarian dance) – 4:32



  1. ^ a b c d O'Toole, Leagues (2006). The Humours of Planxty. Ireland: Hodder Headline. ISBN 0-340-83796-9. 
  2. ^ High Kings of Tara LP, Tara Records, TARA 3003, 1980.
  3. ^ Planxty - After The Break CD, Tara Records, TARACD 3001, 1992.

External links[edit]

Album sleeve notes on Tara Music website, Tara Records, retrieved 22 October 2012