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The Well Below the Valley

The Well Below the Valley

by Planxty Planxty
The Well Below the Valley

The Well Below the Valley

by Planxty Planxty


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Planxty begins its remarkable sophomore release The Well Below the Valley with the pipe-led "Cunla," an engaging round sung by founder Christy Moore. Impeccably played dance tunes, soulful laments, and rollicking narratives follow, allowing listeners access to the full breadth of the group's many talents. The record's centerpiece is the eerie title track, a taut, mid-tempo dirge that's loosely based on the story of Jesus at the Well. Though traditional, the tune's incestuous overtones and dark imagery have limited its appeal to older generations of singers -- most refuse to sing it -- and defined it as the forbidden fruit of Celtic music. Andy Irvine offers up two of his finest ballads, the mournful wartime love letter "As I Roved Out" and the bittersweet "Time Will Cure Me," proving once again that his deeply expressive voice is unmatched within the genre. Moore's "As I Roved Out" -- same name, entirely different song -- is a wonderfully catchy tune anchored by Irvine's bouzouki and tin whistle that showcases Moore's tale-telling prowess. The Well Below the Valley is everything a collection of traditional music should be. With its warm and simple production and fine performances, it remains a classic that should have little problem surviving the ages.

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Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351791023
catalogNumber: 79010
Rank: 32420


  1. Cúnla
  2. Pat Reilly
  3. Slip Jigs: The Kid on the Mountain/An Phis Fhliuch
  4. As I Roved Out
  5. Reels: The Dogs Among the Bushes/Jenny's Wedding
  6. The Well Below the Valley
  7. Hewlett
  8. Bean Phaidin
  9. Hornpipes: A Fisherman's Lilt/Cronin's Hornpipe
  10. As I Roved Out
  11. Solo Jig: Humours of Ballyloughlin
  12. Time Will Cure Me

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