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Planxty Feature (1972-??)

Photo Gallery - Band Lineups - Discography - Audio samples - Where Are They Now?

The Story

During the last thirty years, no single band has changed the face of Irish music more than Planxty, the brainchild of Donal Lunny and Christy Moore that came together more by accident than design. Their unique blend of folk and Irish traditional music transformed the genre and eventually paved the way for the worldwide success of Riverdance, a milestone in the Irish entertainment industry.

It was early 1972 when Planxty was launched. Christy Moore had been singing on the folk circuit in England after leaving Ireland a few years earlier. In 1971, he returned to Ireland and released his first album to great critical acclaim. At the same time, Donal Lunny was originally with the Emmet Folk which merged to become the popular Emmett Spiceland. The band enjoy success on the folk circuit as well as several records. After the breakup of Spiceland, Donal went solo and eventually joined up with Andy Irvine on a part time basis.

Andy Irvine, from the UK, had been a part of Sweeney's Men. After their breakup, he met with Donal Lunny and they started gigging together casually. Liam O'Flynn was a master of the Uilleann Pipes and had been on a tour of the United States, the year before joining Planxty.

At the time of their formation, Planxty were considered a bit of a "super" group as each of its members had enjoyed much success in their past. Under the management of Des Kelly, the band hit the road, almost guaranteed commercial success. At the time of their formation, Ireland was experiencing a renewed interest in traditional music through the efforts of bands like Horslips, the Chieftains, and others. The band enjoyed great success, leading the vanguard for the change of Irish traditional music and a revitalization of the folk scene.

In October, 1973, Donal Lunny left the band and was replaced by Johnny Moynihan. Johnny had previously played with Andy Irvine in Sweeney's Men. Manager Des Kelly stated that the leaving was amicable and said that Donal would "probably be producing their discs as well."  An article in Spotlight a year later announced Christy Moore's departure from the group. He was replaced by Paul Brady, who had been with the Johnston for nearly seven years, spending nearly five years operating mainly out of Britain and then the United States. Paul's departure from the Johnstons left Adrienne Johnston as the sole member of the band.   

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Photo Gallery

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Planxty - 1972

Christy Moore - 1975

Planxty  - 1975

Planxty w/ Bill Whelan '81

Moving Hearts - 1982
         

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Years Vocals/Gtr Gtr/Bouzuki Uilean Pipes Guitar Keyboards Sax Trumpet
1972 Christy
Moore
Donal
Lunny
Liam
O'Flynn
Andy
Irvine
     
1973 Christy
Moore
Johnny
Moynihan
Liam
O'Flynn
Andy
Irvine
     
Oct.
1974
Paul
Brady
Johnny
Moynihan
Liam
O'Flynn
Andy
Irvine
     
               
               

Discography

Singles

Three Drunken Maidens
Ruby Records - Unknown - February, 1972
Cliffs of Doneen
- #8 Irish Charts
Polydor Records - 2078-023 - December, 1972
Timedance
- #3 Irish Charts
WEA Records - Unknown - March, 1981

Albums

Planxty
Polydor Records - 2383-186 - 1973
Well Below The Valley
Polydor Records - 2383-232  - November, 1973
After The Break
Tara Records - TARA 3001 - December, 1979
 

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