Another tune (or rather set of tunes) from Ireland this week. I’ve chosen as set of reels from the 1974 Planxty album Cold Blow and the Rainy Night. The reels in question are: The Old Torn Petticoat, The Dublin Reel and The Wind that Shakes the Barley.
Planxty was a legendary, if short lived, Irish group whose members are amongst the most respected of folk musicians. Together or in partnership with other musicians, they have been in the forefront of the Celtic music revival since the early 1970s. The original ban consisted of Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Liam O’Flynn. Prior to this recording, Lunny left the group to be replaced by Johnny Moynihan, though he does play on many of the tracks on the album.
As I write this piece, EU ministers are meeting in Brussels to finalise an €85bn bail-out of the Irish economy. This comes a day after a massive demonstration in Dublin against the Irish government’s deficit reduction plan a.k.a. austerity measures. It certainly is a mess in Ireland with the prospect of worse to come. Japan had a “Lost Decade” and you cannot see how Ireland can possibly avoid having its own “Lost Decade”. I hope I am wrong but fear that I am not.