The Iron Behind the Velvet

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The Iron Behind The Velvet
Iron behind velvet.jpg
Studio album by Christy Moore
Released 1978
Recorded Dublin
Genre Folk
Length 51:07
Label Tara Music
Producer Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny, Brian Masterson
Christy Moore chronology
Christy Moore
(1976)Christy Moore1976
The Iron Behind The Velvet
Live in Dublin
(1981)Live in Dublin1981

The Iron Behind the Velvet is an album recorded by Christy Moore in 1978, after the first breakup of Planxty.[1] It was produced jointly by Brian Masterson and Moore, and recorded and mixed at Lombard and Keystone Studios, Dublin.[2]

It features his brother Barry Moore (Luka Bloom) on guitar & vocals, as well as Planxty's Andy Irvine on mandolin, bouzouki, vocals and more. Also appearing are Noel Hill on concertinas, Tony Linnane on fiddle, Gabriel McKeon on Uilleann pipes, Jimmy Faulkner on guitars and Rosemary Flanagan on cello.

The final track on the present CD, "John O'Dreams", was produced by Dónal Lunny and recorded at Windmill Lane Studios in 1980; therefore, it did not originally feature on the 33rpm, vinyl LP version of The Iron Behind the Velvet.

Instead, the song was first released—under the title "John of Dreams"—on the compilation album High Kings of Tara,[3] then subsequently re-released on the CD version of The Iron Behind the Velvet. Lunny (bouzouki, synthesizer) and Jolyon Jackson (cello, synthesizer) accompanied Moore (vocals, guitar) on the recording of this track.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Christy Moore; except where indicated

  1. "Patrick was a Gentleman / Irvine's Polka (Walls of Limerick)" (Andy Irvine, Christy Moore)
  2. "The Sun is Burning" (Ian Campbell)
  3. "Morrissey and the Russian Sailor" (Traditional; arranged by Christy Moore)
  4. "The Foxy Devil" ('Galway Joe' Dolan)
  5. "Three Reels: The Newly Mowed Meadow / Farrell O'Gara's Reel / No Name Reel" (Traditional)
  6. "Trip to Jerusalem ('Galway Joe' Dolan) / The Mullingar Races / The Crooked Road"
  7. "Three Reels: Tommy Coen's / The Youngest Daughter / Flax in Bloom" (Tommy Coen/Traditional/Traditional)
  8. "Patrick's Arrival"
  9. "Gabriel McKeon's: Cailin Deas Cruaite na mBo / Gilbert Clancy's " (Traditional)
  10. "Dunlavin Green"
  11. "Joe McCann" (Éamonn O'Doherty)
  12. "John O'Dreams" (Bill Caddick) (*)
(*) Bonus track, first released on the 1980 compilation album High Kings of Tara[3] and subsequently added to the CD version of The Iron Behind the Velvet.



  1. ^ Larkin, C. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music. Virgin Encyclopedias of Popular Music Series. Virgin. p. 328. ISBN 978-0-7535-0159-7. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 
  2. ^ Sleeve notes from The Iron Behind the Velvet, Tara Records TARA 2002, 1978.
  3. ^ a b c d Sleeve notes from High Kings of Tara, Tara Records TARA 3003, 1980.

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