Be­tween the Jigs and the Reels ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic SIOB­HÁN LONG

This is a timely re­minder, 44 years af­ter their de­but, of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary imag­i­na­tions that fu­elled Planxty’s mu­sic and shaped so much of what has hap­pened since then in the world of trad, and of­fers a les­son in evo­lu­tion­ary mu­si­cal bi­ol­ogy, with Christy Moore still feel­ing out his own voice on the early record­ing of Fol­low Me Up to Car­low. The in­can­ta­tory rhythms of Dó­nal Lunny’s bouzouki and the melody lines of Irvine’s man­dolin are equally breath­tak­ing. Be­tween

the Jigs and the Reels is also strik­ing for the riches of Planxty’s en­sem­ble con­tri­bu­tions: all mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ists, with three vo­cal­ists ram­bling from the west coast of Clare to the fur­thest reaches of east­ern Europe, pro­pelled by cal­cu­lus-like rhythms and gen­teel vo­cals. A fiery, free­wheel­ing col­lec­tion. uni­ver­salmu­

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