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Planxty: Words & Music

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  • Words & Music
    • 1983 - WEA Ireland 24 0101-1 LP
    • 1983 - Shanachie 79035 LP - USA release
    • 1992 - Shanachie 79035 CD - USA release
    • 1999 - WEA WPCR-1037 CD - Japanese release
  • Side One
    1. The Queen of the Rushes/Paddy Fays Jig
    2. Thousands Are Sailing
    3. Táimse Im' Chodladh
    4. Lord Baker
  • Side Two
    1. Accidentals/Aragon Mill
    2. The Aconry Lasses/The Old Wheels Of The World/The Spike Island Lasses
    3. I Pity the Poor Immigrant
    4. The Irish March

  • Planxty
    • CHRISTY MOORE played Martin & Yamaha guitars & Bodrán made by Nicky Kelly in Portlaoise
    • ANDY IRVINE played Fylde Bouzouki, Mandolin & Harmonica
    • LIAM O'FLYNN played Uillean Pipes & Whistle
    • DÓNAL LUNNY played Jurion Guitar, Nelson Bouzouki, Bowed Psaltrey, Spinnet, Dulcimer, Bodrán & Prophet Synthesizer
  • Musicians
    • Bill Whelan: keyboards
    • James Kelly: fiddle
    • Nollaig Casey: fiddle
    • Eoghan O'Neill: bass guitar
  • Credits
    • Producer: Dónal Lunny
    • Engineer: Andrew Boland
    • Assistant Engineer: Dara Winston
    • Recorded in Dublin December ‘82
    • Photography: Gene Lambert
    • Special thanks to Andrew Boland for his valuable contribution to the music and production.

Sleeve Notes

THE QUEEN OF THE RUSHES
Is One of Irelands best known double jigs. Here it is played in the lower key of ‘D' which especially suits the pipes on this tune.

PADDY FAHYS JIG
Comes from the repertoire of Galway fiddle player Paddy Fahy.

THOUSANDS ARE SAILING(Words: Traditional. Music: A. Irvine, D. Lunny)
Andy first heard a version of this sung by Cathal McConnell and Robin Morton and afterwards, another version by the late Eddie Butcher.

While most emigration ballads are in the first person and concern themselves with the general misfortune of leaving Ireland and well known and well loved landmarks. This song is related by an observer and describes the emigrants last night at home, the packing of the trunks, the tearful farewell of friends, relations and neighbours, his journey to the train and the final heartbreak of pulling away from the shore.

TÁIMSE IM' CHODLADH
This is the tune of one of our "Aislings" or vision poems. It is from a period which produced some of the finest and richest slow airs.

LORD BAKER (C. Moore)
From John Reilly with new words and music from Christy.

ACCIDENTALS (A. Irvine) & ARAGON MILL (Si Kahn)
Andy learned Aragon Mill from the North Carolina singer and excellent songwriter SI KAHN. In Si's neck of the woods, cotton has always been of paramount importance and the closing of a mill brings with it, not only unemployment but also the end of a way of life, whether it be a cotton mill in NC or Lancashire or a linen mill in Belfast.

The song is preceded by a short piece written somewhere between Windmill Lane Studios and Milan.

i. THE ACONRY LASSES
ii. THE OLD WHEELS OF THE WORLD
iii.THE SPIKE ISLAND LASSES

I PITY THE POOR IMMIGRANT (Bob Dylan)

THE IRISH MARCHE (William Byrd)
The song is preceded by a short piece written somewhere between Windmill Lane Studios and Milan. Composed in the 16th century by English composer William Byrd. Its source is "My Ladye Nevells Book of Virginal Music". It is one of a suite of 12 pieces entitled "The Battell".

It was probably inspired by an Irish clan march. It certainly has that feel about it.