The Woman I Loved So Well

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The Woman I Loved So Well
Studio album by Planxty
Released 1980
Recorded April and May 1980,
at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
Genre Irish folk music
Length 44:51
Label Tara Music label
Producer Dónal Lunny and Brian Masterson
Planxty chronology
After The Break
The Woman I Loved So Well
Words & Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

The Woman I Loved So Well[2]:273–287 is the fifth studio album by Planxty. Like their previous album, After The Break, the album was recorded at Windmill Lane Studios and released by Tara Records. Co-produced by band member Dónal Lunny and engineer Brian Masterson, the album was recorded in April and May of 1980 and released on LP in July of that year. It remains in print on CD and in digital form from Tara to date.[3]

Like their sixth album—Words & Music—the album features a total of eight musicians, more than every other Planxty album. The core line-up of Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Liam O'Flynn are joined again by flautist Matt Molloy, who had left the band shortly after the release of After The Break to join The Chieftains full-time. Newcomer Bill Whelan joined the group in the studio to play keyboards, as did the concertina/fiddle duo of Noel Hill and Tony Linnane, who completed a short tour of Ireland with the group prior to the recording.[2]:275

The album concludes with an epic nine and a half minute rendition of the ballad "Little Musgrave", which Moore had previously recorded on his self-titled solo album, in 1976. Moore has stated that he first found the song's lyrics on papers scattered on the floor of an auctioneer's in Dublin,[2]:279 although the song had previously been recorded by many artists (see "Matty Groves").

Track listing[edit]

All titles credited to: "A. Irvine/D. Lunny/C. Moore/L. O'Flynn", except where indicated.

  1. "True Love Knows No Season" (song) – 5:29
    (Norman Blake)
  2. "Out On The Ocean / Tiocfaidh Tu Abhaile Liom" (double jigs) – 3:20
  3. "Roger O'Hehir" (song) – 5:33
  4. "The Tailor's Twist" (hornpipes) – 3:14
    (Trad., Arr. L. O'Flynn)
  5. "Kellswater" (song) – 4:59
  6. "Johnny of Brady's Lea" (song) – 6:31
  7. "The Woman I Never Forgot / The Pullet / The Ladies Pantalettes" (reels) – 4:19
  8. "Little Musgrave" (song) – 9:38
  9. "Paddy Fahy's Reel" (reel) – 1:48
    (Played on flute by Matt Molloy, with keyboard accompaniment, as the album fades out).[2]:279–280



  1. ^ Review of The Woman I Loved So Well By Steve Winick (Allmusic). Retrieved on May 25, 2009
  2. ^ a b c d O'Toole, Leagues (2006). The Humours of Planxty. Ireland: Hodder Headline. ISBN 03-4083-796-9. 
  3. ^ Record label catalogue, Tara Records, retrieved 22 October 2012 

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