Monday, May 19, 2008

New Lens for Celtic Music: Planxty

If I'd set out to do the Celtic Music lenses in any kind of order, the lens for Planxty might've been among the first. The four original members, Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Liam O'Flynn will be familiar to anyone with much interest in Irish music They helped popularize the bouzouki, a Greek instrument introduced to Irish music by Johnny Moynihan. Moynihan was a member of the group Sweeney's Men when he introduced it, and later he was a member of Planxty. My lens for the Celtic music lenses has been updated, of course.

I haven't been following any set course in putting up these lenses. I started with Altan because they're probably my most favorite Celtic music group among those still actively recording and touring. New lenses get created at times because I've found a new group, like Flook, and sometimes because I want to highlight groups or artists I've known about for a long time, such as Silly Wizard.

While I didn't do a new lens yesterday, I did add quite a bit to The Thistle & Shamrock lens. In looking at the show's website during the broadcast Saturday night, I got interested in reading some of the interviews Fiona Ritchie had done with performers, and also I read some of the articles submitted by performers. I added some related albums and included links to those interviews and articles.

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