Planxty – The Peel Sessions

The legendary DJ John Peel was the first to play them on UK radio and he remained a lifelong supporter of their music.

Peel was impressed enough by Planxty to have them do three sessions for his shows in 1972-73. They also did many folk shows for the BBC and the B-side of their first single, the instrumental “Sí Beag, Sí Mór”, became a lasting favourite of Bob Harris. Like the Chieftains, they were an influence on the many Irish folk bands who emerged in the 1970s, some of whom did sessions for Peel. There were also session appearances by Paul Brady (as a solo artist) and Matt Molloy and Dónal Lunny (with the Bothy Band).

The most famous former member of Planxty is Christy Moore, who has enjoyed a long and successful solo career, although he never did a solo session for Peel. However, during a concert in April 2016 he paid tribute to the DJ, and to his colleague Terry Wogan :

“That’s our new single and you’ll be lucky to hear that on the radio as no one would play that nowadays as Terry Wogan is no longer around. The other one who would have played it was John Peel. When no one was taking any notice of Planxty he played our songs and then he asked us in for a session in 1972 and then it all went mad! So three Hail Marys for John Peel and God bless Terry Wogan.”

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Sessions

Three sessions. No known commercial release.

Dates below for #2 session taken from Ken Garner The Peel Sessions, sessionography, p319, but do not appear to match 1973 show listings on p213-4.

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24/07/1972 – Planxty

  • TX- 08/08/1972
  • Producer- John Walters
  • Engineer -Unknown
  • Studio- Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue

Recorded: 1972-07-DD. First broadcast: 08 August 1972. Repeated:

TRACKLIST
  • Planxty Irwin
  • Merrily Kiss The Quaker
  • West Coast Of Clare
  • The Raggle Taggle Gypsy
LINE UP
  • Christy Moore (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonium, Bodhran)
  • Donal Lunny (Bouzouki)
  • Liam Og Flynn (Pipes)
  • Andy Irvine (Mandolin, Vocals)

28/02/1973 – Planxty

  • TX- 12/03/1973
  • Producer- Pete Ritzema
  • Engineer -Unknown
  • Studio- Langham 1

Recorded: 1973-02-28. First broadcast: 12 March 1973. Repeated: 14 May 1973.

TRACKLIST
  • Cunla
  • Bean Phaidin
  • The Hare In The Corn
  • The Rambles Of Kitty
  • & Two Reels (first broadcast 14/5/73 repeat)
LINE UP
  • Christy Moore (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonium, Bodhran)
  • Donal Lunny (Bouzouki)
  • Liam Og Flynn (Pipes)
  • Andy Irvine (Mandolin, Vocals)

15/10/1973 – Planxty

  • TX- 06/11/1973
  • Producer- John Walters
  • Engineer -Unknown
  • Studio- Studio T1, Transcription Service, Kensington House, Shepherd’s Bush

Recorded: 1973-10-15. First broadcast: 06 November 1973. Repeated:

TRACKLIST
  • Bean Phaidin
  • Kid On The Mountain/Fishbuck
  • As I Rowed Out (1)
  • As I Rowed Out (2)
LINE UP
  • Christy Moore (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonium, Bodhran)
  • Donal Lunny (Bouzouki)
  • Liam Og Flynn (Pipes)
  • Andy Irvine (Mandolin, Vocals)

Other Shows Played

(This list is incomplete – please add any missing info)

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6 comments

  1. Deep in the back of my mind I have a memory of hearing Planxty on The Peel Show where he introduced them as Christy, Donal, Liam, Andy and Johnny! Just before Donal left presumably. One of the songs played was The Well Below the Valley”. It’s not listed here. Is my memory playing tricks or does anyone else remember this?

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  2. Besides “Three Drunken Maidens” (backed with “Si-beag, Si-mor” – a completely different version from the one on the Black Album), Planxty released another single on Ruby, “The Cliffs of Dooneen” backed with “Yarmouth Town.”

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  3. Anywhere we can hear these sessions? Would love to. Any word on reunion gigs to promote the new compilation? I’d walk to Dublin to see that. And I’m in England.

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    1. Sadly, Not that i know of. I have not heard them myself. I do not even know if the tapes still exisat. Part of the reason i posted this information was in the hope that it might spur someone to share a recording (if one exists!). Fingers crossed…

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