Leagues O'Toole The Humours of Planxty

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The Humours of Planxty

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When Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Liam O'Flynn took to the stage in Vicar Street, Dublin, in January 2004, Ireland was once again treated to a live performance from one of its greatest musical collaborations.Founded in 1972 out of a meeting of minds during the recording of Christy Moore's album Prosperus, Planxty brought the instruments and harmonies of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world, popularising and revitalising a musical tradition that was in decline.In this first official account of the group, Leagues O'Toole talks to the band's members and charts the history of Planxty, relating the highs and lows of the band's glory days through to their reformation in 2003.For over a decade, Planxty supplied the soundtrack to a constantly evolving Ireland, revitalising the relationship between traditional culture and youth culture. Today the music of Planxty is reaching new audiences and the rebellious inspiration of Ireland's first supergroup remains.

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About the Author:

Leagues O'Toole is a music journalist, reviewer, TV host, and editor of alternative music magazine Foggy Notions. For three years O'Toole headed the No Disco programme on RTÉ, which compiled a feature on Planxty that was instrumental in the band's decision to reform.

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'A stonking great must-read book' * The Irish Times * 'An intriguing account of four gifted yet inexorably flawed individuals' * Irish Examiner Weekender * 'A must-read' * Sunday Tribune * 'An engrossing biography of Ireland's first folk super-group. Well-written and beautifully illustrated, O'Toole can take a well-deserved bow' * Irish Independent *

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