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Planxty Thomas Burke

from LL25 by The London Lasses

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This is one of around 200 compositions that are known to have been penned by the harper-composer Carolan (1670-1738). In his pioneering study, Carolan, author Donal O’Sullivan notes: “In the List of Members of King James’s Parliament of 1689 the representative of the Borough of Castlebar is stated to be ‘Thomas Bourk, Esq’ and that it is “likely that he is the subject of this piece.” Karen learnt this tune from our great friend, Co. Armagh fiddle player and composer Brendan McGlinchey, who sadly passed away in 2020. When Karen and Brendan performed this together for a concert at the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, in 1999, he composed a harmony line for Karen which she plays here.

Brogan McAuliffe (concertina), Elma McElligott (flute), Annie Quinn (uilleann pipes), Katie Quinn (accordion), Pete Quinn (piano), Karen Ryan (fiddle).


from LL25, released February 2, 2023


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Featuring all new material, LL25 marks trad Irish band the London Lasses’ 25th anniversary. The band has played on many prestigious stages, from Cambridge Folk Festival, the Concertgebouw and Dublin City Hall to Glastonbury, Philadelphia Irish Festival and the Royal Albert Hall (performing the first ever BBC Proms céilí and supporting The Chieftains). ... more

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