Planxty Live 1979 Album to be released March 24th 2018!

Radio Bremen Issues 1979 Planxty Recording

Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Liam O’Flynn, Christy Moore and Matt Molloy

Radio Bremen Issues 1979 Planxty Recording

Concert took place at Bremen University during an extensive European tour.

Radio Bremen and the MIG (Made in Germany) label have released One Night in Bremen, a live recording of the original Planxty line-up along with Matt Molloy in April 1979.

The concert took place at Bremen University amidst an extensive European tour in which they played forty-seven concerts in fifty-eight days.

Recalling the tour, Andy Irvine writes in the sleeve notes:

In the spring of 1978, Christy was playing with The Christy Moore Band, Donal was in The Bothy Band, which was in the process of breaking up, Liam was playing solo and I was either touring with Mick Hanly or playing solo too.

Christy saw it as a good time to recreate the ‘Original Planxty’. Liam and myself agreed wholeheartedly. I think I had been hoping for this moment for a couple of years. Donal still felt a responsibility towards the other members of The Bothy Band, but eventually he was persuaded and he brought with him the great Bothies flute player Matt Molloy…

Things were different. Looking back at it, we had all grown up by this time. Life was not as freewheeling as it had been. Mortgages had to be paid and children fed. Still we felt that we could pick up where we had left off in 1975 and a monster tour was planned for the spring of 1979…

I remember we played our tryout gig at The Meeting Place in Dublin, a pub that held about 60 people and two days later we opened the tour at the Hammersmith Odeon that held about 3,000! It was a nervous start.  The tour went on through Britain and Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Holland and finally Ireland. 45 gigs in 58 days. We finished in Dublin and the following week we were in the new Windmill Lane studios to record After the Break.

One Night in Bremen features 12 tracks, including ‘The Pursuit of Farmer Michael Hayes’, ‘You Rambling Boys of Pleasure’ and ‘Smecana Horo’. Listen to the opening track below.

The album will be released on vinyl, CDand online in March. For more, visit

Published on 28 February 2018



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Listen Back: 16th Apr 2017 – RTE Radio 1 – The History Show (Easter Sunday)

The History Show

A special Easter Sunday programme looking at Ireland in 1917 – a year on from the Rising, with historian Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh; playwright Philip Orr; and poet Dermot Bolger.

Andy Featured on the History Show singing a song written in 1917 "That's the Stuff to Give 'Em". 
Unfortunately the songs has been intentionally excluded from the podcast. 
You can listen back to the show to hear a background to the song anyway which is rather interesting none the less.

 A year on from the Easter Rising

In the programme, we look at life in Ireland in 1917 – a year on from the Easter Rising.  Myles is joined by Galway historian, Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh; Belfast playwright Philip Orr; by Katherine McSharry from the National Library; and Mark Duncan from Century Ireland.  There’s also music from Andy Irvine and Kate O’Callaghan; a poetry reading by actor, Barry McGovern; and a reflection by writer, Dermot Bolger.

About The Show

Bringing the past to life! Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past.

We want to help explain ourselves to ourselves. We will search out fresh angles on familiar topics, seek out the unfamiliar and will not shy away from bizarre or controversial issues. Our ultimate goal is to make The History Show the primary port of call for those with an intense or even a modest interest in the subject. We want to entice the casual and the curious to join us in celebrating the past.

Our aim is to create informative, reflective, stimulating and above all, entertaining radio.

Join us on Sundays from 6.05pm for The History Show with Myles Dungan on RTÉ Radio 1.



I’m always fond of company; I’m always fond of noise
And never so delighted as when with the Khaki boys
To try and make our Tommies smile of songs I’ve sung a few
It’s grand to hear them on the march and don’t they sing ’em too.

Chorus: That’s the stuff, that’s the stuff, that’s the stuff to give ’em
There’s nothing beats the cheery song
To help our gallant boys along
Never mind about the words
Blow the bloomin’ rhythm
But a nice little girl with a saucy curl
That’s the stuff to give ’em.

They do say half a dozen women round a pot of tea
Will talk for hours and hours of things they never see
But if you’d like to hear the spicy stories they can spin
Just place that same old half a dozen round a drop of gin.

Chorus: That’s the stuff, that’s the stuff, that’s the stuff to give ’em
A drop of Mother’s ruin neat
They soon begin to feel their feet
When their tongues begin to wag
There’s nothing in it with ’em
And to open a school for scandal, whoa
That’s the stuff to give ’em.

When nice and cosy in your bed you can’t say it’s a treat
When wifey dabs into your back a pair of icy feet
And when the twins begin to cry then off will go the clothes
For safety pins and dummies, well you bet that Mother knows.

Chorus: That’s the stuff, that’s the stuff, that’s the stuff to give ’em
And when the twins begin to shout,
You shouldn’t put yourselves about
Mother knows just what to do
As soon as she gets with ’em
Oh, a tickling up with the powder puff
That’s the stuff to give ’em.

You often hear a fellow say he’s tired of married life
Well, that’s because he knows not how to treat his darling wife
But I’ve invented something that will please each little dear
It isn’t much but I can guarantee what I’ve got here.

Chorus: That’s the stuff, that’s the stuff, that’s the stuff to give ’em
When wifey dear begins to jaw
Why, don’t go out and slam the door
Never argue, never shout,
Or say that you’ll forgive ’em
But a nice little tap on the top of the nap
That’s the stuff to give ’em.

Written and composed by Harry Freeman & George Grant – 1917
Performed by Harry Freeman (1858-1922)