Planxty: ‘The Blacksmith’

Here we have a wonderful performance by the iconic Irish folk band ‘Planxty’, from their reunion tour back in 2004. I’ve been listening to them since the 1970s – long before I understood what traditional folk music was all about – and they are truly amazing.

This Wikipedia article does a good job of telling the story of Planxty.

Mainly Norfolk describes the recorded history of ‘The Blacksmith’ here. There’s also a short discussion of the origins of the song at Mudcat Café.

And finally, here’s a spellbinding solo version of ‘The Blacksmith’ by Andy Irvine. Its hard to find a better bouzouki player in the world today I think.

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