Wednesday, June 19, 2013

40 Year Itch : Only Our Rivers Are Free

On June 16, 1973 the legendary modern Irish folk band Planxty's National Stadium concert was first broadcast to the rest of the country.

Christy Moore had already become of Ireland's biggest draws when he met up with a group of young, inventive multi-instrumentalists in the village of Prosperous. Together as Planxty, they generated a new sound combing  traditional instrumentation ( bodhran, hurdy gurdy, uilleann pipes, bouzouki) with modern folk adn ballad singing.

The self titled debut ( also known as "The Black Album") , released in May of 1973, is still considered by many to be the high water mark for Celtic music.

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